WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Officials in northern Virginia are reporting a tricky morning commute because of the weekend storms. But they say they’re taking steps to try to improve the evening ride.

Jenny McCord, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, says about 120 signals in northern Virginia remained without power Monday, and about 52 roads are partially blocked or closed because of fallen power lines or trees. Most of the problems are in Fairfax County.

In a statement released over the weekend, VDOT reported that nearly 250 roads were impacted statewide, with some sections closed or partially blocked mainly due to downed power lines.

McCord says officials are trying to improve the evening rush hour commute Monday by lifting HOV restrictions on I-66 westbound, inside the Capital Beltway.

A spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration says the commute was relatively uneventful for a Monday morning.

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