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Saturday will feel a lot like summer: Hot, humid and then rain

WASHINGTON — Saturday will be hot and humid with storms and showers rolling into the D.C. area later in afternoon.


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Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Somara Theodore said temperatures will be nearing 90 degrees on Saturday with bits of sunshine that will eventually give way to rain.

Rain could pose a bit more of a threat for those who live closer to the Shenandoah Valley.

“Those living south and west along Interstate 81 can expect heavy rainfall with 1 to 3 inches possible,” Theodore said. “This has prompted a Flash Flood Watch for that area beginning at noon and lasting until 8 p.m.”

The D.C. area and areas to the north are in for shower, although a few thunderstorms are possible.

“Right now there doesn’t seem to be a severe threat, however heavy, blinding downpours will be the primary concern,” Theodore said. “This could mean localized flooding.”

The threat of rain will linger throughout the D.C. area for much of the weekend, but the good news is the weather will be a bit cooler. Temperatures are supposed to top out in the mid 80s for the most part.

Theodore said that Monday looks like the best day of the holiday weekend with temperatures in the low 80s and some sun, although there is still the chance for rain.

If you’re planning on traveling out of the D.C. area to the Gulf Coast, a storm could wind up causing some travel problems.

The National Hurricane Center said tropical storm conditions might wind up reaching parts of the Gulf Coast as soon as midday Sunday. This is due to Subtropical Storm Alberto, which could strengthen over the course of the weekend.

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which doesn’t officially start until June 1.

You can track the storm on the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell said depending on what track the storm takes, it could have an impact on the weather in the D.C. area by the second half of next week in the form of soaking rains and potential flooding.

Beach Forecast

Rain is in the forecast for most of the beaches close to the D.C. area as well.

You can check the current beach weather and traffic conditions on WTOP’s weather page.

Western Shore
Saturday will be mostly sunny with storm chances increasing after 3 p.m. and a high in the mid-80s. On Sunday, highs will be in the low 80s with a higher chance of rain. On Monday, morning storms are possible, with highs near 80 degrees.

Ocean City
Saturday will be partly cloudy with highs near 80 degrees. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday and Monday, with expected highs near 80 degrees.

Virginia Beach
Saturday will be partly cloudy with an expected high of 87 degrees. Sunday will be partly cloudy, with a stray thunderstorm and a high of 87 degrees. Monday will be cloudy and rainy with a high of 83 degrees.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Saturday will see showers and thunderstorms with a high of 88 degrees. Thunderstorms are expected to continue on Sunday and Monday with highs near 80 degrees.

Bethany Beach, Delaware
Thunderstorms are expected on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The expected high on Saturday and Sunday will be 85 and 79 degrees, respectively, and 75 degrees on Monday.

Duck, North Carolina
Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees. On Sunday, the high is also expected to reach 84 degrees with more clouds than sun. Monday will see temperatures dip a bit below 80 with periods of rain.

Weekend Forecast

Saturday: Hot and humid with highs near degrees. Scattered thunderstorms are likely in the late afternoon.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms possible, but not a complete washout. High is expected to be around 87 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, a bit cooler with scattered showers possible. The rain is most likely to fall south of D.C. Highs are expected to be in the low to mid-80s.

Traffic

Regardless of weather, there will be several parades and road closures that will impact travel on the holiday weekend.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said a record number of travelers are expected to hit the road this weekend.

For the most updated traffic report, visit WTOP’s traffic center. You can see a map of the latest traffic conditions below.

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For the most updated traffic report, visit WTOP’s traffic center. You can see a map of the latest traffic conditions below.

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ACLU sues after Metro rejects ad as too controversial

WASHINGTON — Metro has rejected an ad for an American Civil Liberties Union conference next month, prompting the ACLU to ask a judge Friday to order the transit agency to post the ad.

ACLU of D.C. Legal Director Arthur Spitzer said he is not sure exactly why Metro rejected the initial ad, which promoted the conference, listed some high-profile speakers, and included a website that provides more details. The words were overlaid on a photo of apparent protesters holding signs like “refugees welcome” and “stop profiling Muslims.”

Metro told the ACLU it rejected the ad on the basis that it violated Metro’s policies banning advertisements intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions and banning advertisements intended to influence public policy.

Metro set the ad restrictions in 2015 after an anti-Muslim activist attempted to place ads depicting the Prophet Muhammad. National legal precedents generally allow Metro to ban certain types of ads as long as the rules are applied evenly and do not discriminate based on particular viewpoints.

The Archdiocese of Washington, ACLU and other groups have ongoing challenges to Metro’s advertising policies that have now reached the appellate court level. Those challenges generally argue that Metro’s policies are too broad or not fairly interpreted by the agency.

Metro has said the rules are necessary to keep riders and workers safe from people who could be offended by ads and keep people comfortable with using trains and buses.

The church’s case over Christmas ads has already been argued, and could be decided at any time. A ruling from the appeals court would shape the remaining cases in the lower court.

The ACLU filed its request for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction as part of one of the other pending cases that had been on hold until the appellate court rules.

“This one is different, because I don’t frankly see what argument Metro can even make that this is an issue ad … it’s just an ad that says, basically, please come to our membership conference,” Spitzer said.

Spitzer said he expects a ruling on this ad from Judge Tanya Chutkan next week.

“If Ringling Bros. can advertise for people to come to their circus, the ACLU should be able to advertise for people to come to its conference,” the ACLU wrote in its motion.

Metro typically does not comment on pending litigation, but the judge Friday afternoon ordered Metro to respond to the ACLU motion by Sunday evening. She set arguments on the issue for Tuesday afternoon.

ACLU submits 2 alternatives; no word from Metro

The ad for the national ACLU conference at the Washington Convention Center June 10-12 was planned to run from May 28 through June 12 at 45 locations in Metro stations and on the sides of 75 buses. The ACLU would have paid $90,000.

The ACLU’s legal team was only consulted after Metro rejected the initial ad last Thursday, because the marketing team believed the ads would be accepted, Spitzer said.

The group submitted alternative ads Monday that erase the words from the background protest signs or eliminate the background photo altogether.

Spitzer said the ACLU could not get specific details from Metro — via the transit agency’s advertising contractor — about why the ad was found objectionable. The alternatives were meant to address any possible concerns, he said.

As of Friday afternoon, Metro had not provided a response to those alternatives through regular advertising sales channels.

If there is not a decision to post the ad by early next week, it would likely be too late to get the ad printed and posted in time for it to be effective at making people aware of the conference, Spitzer said.

“There’ll be a bunch of speakers and panels and some entertainment. Some politicians will be speaking, and some experts on public policy will be speaking,” Spitzer said of the conference.

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Friday’s incident suggests Metro cars could still pose risk to visually impaired

WASHINGTON — When Metro’s new 7000 Series trains pull into a station, the space between cars can appear to be the same as an open door to visually-impaired riders. On Friday morning, a woman who witnesses said appeared to be blind fell between two cars of a new train at the Van Ness station.

While it is not certain at this point that a lack of protective barriers to keep blind and visually-impaired riders from accidentally falling onto the tracks contributed to this particular incident, it is a problem Metro has been warned about before.

Metro had initially promised to install the protective safety barriers — which are simply chains between all 7000 Series cars, similar to those that have always been on older rail cars — by last year. The transit system then pushed back that timeline.

Metro had also said in the past that further deliveries of the cars — which would now have accounted for a significant portion of the fleet — would have the barriers installed at the factory in Nebraska.

The promises came after disability-rights groups and federal safety experts raised concerns, and at least two people fell between rail cars onto the tracks.

The 7000 Series cars, as originally designed, only have the chain-link barriers every other car, with different rubber bumpers farther from the platform separating each pair of cars. The design change was meant to make shuffling cars around in rail yards easier, and Metro has said it was within Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Metro had agreed to add the safety barriers anyway, after the concerns from disability-rights groups and the Federal Transit Administration.

Metro now has more than 500 of the new train cars running in eight-car sets across the system.

The woman who fell Friday was not seriously physically injured.

Single-tracking around the incident created Red Line delays from shortly after 8 a.m. through the end of the morning rush hour.

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There’s something new on Ocean City’s Coastal Highway

OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Town of Ocean City and the Maryland State Highway Administration wrapped up a $7 million project to add fencing along nearly three miles of the median on Coastal Highway.

The fencing stretches north from Convention Center Drive to where Route 90 enters town.

“This is a pedestrian safety project,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “This is to direct people to the crosswalks. We have automated crosswalks at all the lights at all the proper intersections and we continue to see problems with people just haphazardly crossing in any location and walking against traffic and creating really a very unsafe condition for not only the pedestrians but the drivers.”

The fencing stands between five and seven feet tall and won’t stop cars from turning through intersections along the highway.

It is strictly meant to keep people from jaywalking through a stretch of road that features popular bars like Seacrets, Fager’s Island and other places.

“It’s a little bit different, it’s going to take a little while for people to get used to,” Meehan acknowledged. “Some people are going to have to walk an extra block to cross the highway and I know at first it’s not something that people are going to want to do. But it’s the right thing to do.”

The fencing is similar to what the state has put up in places like Langley Park and College Park where jaywalking has led to serious and sometimes fatal accidents involving pedestrians.

“And it’s worked,” Meehan said. “We think it’ll keep the families safer, it’ll help people when they’re out there with their kids.”

The median fencing is also going to be illuminated by new, brighter lighting, mean to help drivers spot pedestrians and others along that route.

“We think it’s something that’ll benefit the pedestrians, the visitors, and the drivers,” Meehan said. “They’re really subject to people just walking out in front of them, particularly in the night time hours.”

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Metro: Expect delays on the Red Line between Friendship Heights and Van Ness

WASHINGTON — Metro said passengers on the Red Line should be prepared for residual delays in both directions at Van Ness.

Trains were single tracking between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations.

Metro told WTOP’s Max Smith that a person trying to get on the train fell between two cars as the train was at the platform.

While trains were single tracking for less than hour, Metro said residual delays continue in both directions.

This is a developing story. WTOP’s Max Smith contributed to this report.

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Late Metro service funding sought again as Caps reach Stanley Cup Final

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans on getting funding for late hours

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WASHINGTON — The Metro Board chairman is putting out another call for companies to pay for extended service hours now that the Capitals have made it to the Stanley Cup Final in exchange for what he said is good publicity.

D.C. Council member Jack Evans said people started calling him up after he asked for companies to pay for an extra hour of service during the NHL Eastern Conference Final.

He laughed at the idea that Qatar, Uber and Pepco each might have provided the $100,000 for extended hours after games in that series as part of any efforts to sway city leaders on other issues.

Qatar is involved in development in the region while the District is considering changes for ride-hailing services that could require them to disclose more data critical to city planners, and the District’s public service commission regulates Pepco/Exelon.

“That was great that they stepped up to the plate though, and they got great press,” Evans said.

The Stanley Cup Final start in Las Vegas Monday night.

The series moves to D.C. for Game 3 on Saturday, June 2 and Game 4 on Monday, June 4.

If necessary, Game 6 would also be in D.C. on Sunday, June 10.

Assuming Game 3 does not go to multiple overtimes, fans probably would not need extended hours because Metro closes at 1 a.m. Saturdays.

On Mondays however, Metro closes at 11:30 p.m. and on Sundays, Metro closes at 11 p.m.

Each game in the series is set to begin at 8 p.m.

“Please, the region’s got to step up,” Evans pleaded. “We’ve got two games.”

Metro set a policy last year requiring a $100,000 deposit for each additional hour of service, up from the previous $29,500. The Capitals, Wizards and Nationals have refused to pay the money instead putting the onus on the District or Metro to arrange extended hours for fans.

Any organization that does pay gets a refund in the amount of any fares paid during the extended service.

Evans said he is only involved in the process to find groups to pay for extended service “’cause nobody else is.”

“And even if they muzzled me, I’d still go out there and yell about it,” Evans said.

Metro said about 6,500 people took the train home from the area around Capital One Arena after each of the three home games in the conference finals, although the games generally ended early enough for fans to catch the last regularly scheduled train.

“Anyone who knows any late-night sponsors, please get in touch with us so we can start signing you up again,” Evans said at Thursday’s Metro Board meeting.

“There is no truth to the rumor that North Korea is going to sponsor one — that is not true,” Evans said to a single laugh in the room. “Just a small joke,” he added.

Rail system hours remain

The Metro Board voted Thursday to maintain reduced hours for another year, as planned when the board cut back hours last June in the name of more maintenance time on the tracks.

“By next June we’ll have more information from the general manager about how this has worked, where we are, what we need to do, and where D.C. is a year from now,” Evans said. “Good lord, if Amazon chooses to come here and everything else, we’re going to be a busy place.”

As a D.C. Council member, Evans wished there were more hours but as the Metro Board chairman, Evans said the closures have been extremely valuable to maintenance.

He sees the current permission to extend hours for selected events as the best option for now, even if some events like Caps’ games get significant focus and support while others like concerts may not.

“With my Metro hat on, yeah, we’re doing the best we can under the circumstances we have to provide the late-night service on a one-off basis up to 10 times a year,” Evans said.

“This is not an easy issue.”

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In heavy traffic, the preferred way to merge is to ‘wait until late’

WASHINGTON — Drivers whose lane of traffic is going away might think it’s polite to merge early but when highways are congested, expert advice is to wait and merge late.

Studies show traffic moves more safely and efficiently if drivers use all lanes to a merge point where cars take turns moving forward on the remaining roadway.

But the concept is so counterintuitive to some drivers, HowStuffWorks.com reports a number of state departments of transportation have campaigns to educate drivers about proper merges.

In Missouri, the advice is not to think about merging as one lane moving into the other, but as two lanes merging into one. Colorado tells drivers late merges are a safer, more courteous and more efficient way through cone zones. Kansas created a video of two animated traffic cones discussing how early mergers back up traffic by creating one slower lane versus cars moving ahead with more efficient zipper merges.

Some drivers get mad when they merge early and watch other vehicles speed down the open but soon disappearing travel lane. But Minnesota tells drivers that using both lanes until one goes away and then taking turns advancing creates a sense of fairness and equity.

It can also reduce traffic backups by as much as 40 percent.

You shouldn’t always do the zipper merge though. Traffic safety detailed in those state campaigns explain that it’s OK to merge early when there are no backups, traffic is light and flowing freely.

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In heavy traffic, the preferred way to merge is to ‘wait until late’

WASHINGTON — Drivers whose lane of traffic is going away might think it’s polite to merge early but when highways are congested, expert advice is to wait and merge late.

Studies show traffic moves more safely and efficiently if drivers use all lanes to a merge point where cars take turns moving forward on the remaining roadway.

But the concept is so counterintuitive to some drivers, HowStuffWorks.com reports a number of state departments of transportation have campaigns to educate drivers about proper merges.

In Missouri, the advice is not to think about merging as one lane moving into the other, but as two lanes merging into one. Colorado tells drivers late merges are a safer, more courteous and more efficient way through cone zones. Kansas created a video of two animated traffic cones discussing how early mergers back up traffic by creating one slower lane versus cars moving ahead with more efficient zipper merges.

Some drivers get mad when they merge early and watch other vehicles speed down the open but soon disappearing travel lane. But Minnesota tells drivers that using both lanes until one goes away and then taking turns advancing creates a sense of fairness and equity.

It can also reduce traffic backups by as much as 40 percent.

You shouldn’t always do the zipper merge though. Traffic safety detailed in those state campaigns explain that it’s OK to merge early when there are no backups, traffic is light and flowing freely.

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Metro finishes seals on ‘orange boots’ tied to deadly L’Enfant smoke

WASHINGTON — Metro has now finished adding protective seals to cable connector assemblies across the rail system that were blamed for the deadly 2015 smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld called completing the sealing sleeves on the 9,454 “orange boots” across the rail system a safety milestone three years in the making.

“These sleeves prevent moisture and particles from encountering the electrical current, thus preventing fire and smoke incidents,” Wiedefeld said.

Metro had first focused on the power connections in underground tunnels where smoke and fire pose the biggest risk before moving to the orange boots elsewhere in the system. The connections in rail yards were only recently completed. Federal inspection reports found numerous issues in rail yards remained this winter.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended the seals on orange boots after Carol Glover died when a Yellow Line train filled with smoke near L’Enfant Plaza in January 2015 and riders waited to be evacuated.

Water issues in the tunnel and a lack of cable protection were among the issues blamed for Glover’s death.

“We have been working since then to make the critical improvements, and will continue our inspection and maintenance program to ensure the connectors remain in a state of good repair,” Wiedefeld said.

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What you need to know about the coming overhaul of Arlington Memorial Bridge

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WASHINGTON — One of D.C.’s most iconic but aging structures — the Arlington Memorial Bridge — will soon undergo a major overhaul.

The National Park Service is advising everyone who uses the bridge to expect some inconveniences starting after Memorial Day.

In the weeks ahead there will be lane closures that could cause traffic to slow on the George Washington Parkway at Memorial Circle, according to the National Park Service.

Even pedestrians and cyclists on Mount Vernon Trail could be occasionally be delayed.

“We’re strengthening the road surface and the road support structure of Arlington Memorial Bridge so that we can bring the construction equipment on to the bridge for the full rehabilitation,” said Aaron LaRocca, a park ranger with the National Park Service.

Up to two lanes and one sidewalk on the bridge will be temporarily closed as work crews pour concrete and establish staging areas for heavy equipment.

“These immediate repairs are needed to facilitate the larger, full rehabilitation of Arlington Memorial Bridge, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018,” LaRocca said.

Part of the bridge’s planned $227 million overhaul will involve removing inoperable drawbridge hardware beneath the bridge’s center.

The bridge served as a drawbridge in the early decades following its construction that was completed in 1931, but drawbridge operations ended in the 1960s.

LaRocca said much of the summer work will be scheduled during weekends and off hours to reduce traffic disruptions.

“The goal is to maintain as much access as possible on the roadway and on the sidewalk while maintaining bridge safety,” LaRocca said.

The neoclassical steel and stone arch structure is no ordinary bridge.

Symbolically, it’s meant to show the unity of the nation by linking the Lincoln Memorial with Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

The bridge — a gateway to Arlington National Cemetery also memorializes the sacrifices and valor of the nation’s military.

“We’re not only maintaining this critical commuter corridor, we’re also rehabilitating a piece of our culture, a piece of our history,” LaRocca said.

The nearly 90-year-old bridge accommodates about 68,000 daily vehicle crossings and the National Park Service said the rehabilitation when completed in the fall of 2021 will ensure the bridge’s safety for at least another 75 years.

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