Updated: Feb. 14, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Posted: Feb. 14, 2014 5:01 a.m.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Motorists faced treacherous driving conditions Friday as an overnight freeze of melted snow from Thursday’s massive winter storm glazed over major roadways and left many neighborhood streets resembling bumpy ice rinks.
A portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway was shut down in both directions Friday morning due to multiple crashes likely caused by dangerously icy road conditions, according to United States Park Police. The roadway was first closed to southbound traffic before a series of accidents forced authorities to halt northbound traffic near Route 410.
A number of cars skidded off the roadway and into a snow drift near Route 450 earlier in the morning.
Park Police say the National Park Service is responsible for treating the Parkway.
WNEW reporter George Mesthos described the roadway as a complete mess.
“It is bad. You need to avoid the B-W Parkway at all costs,” said Mesthos. “This is white and brown ice. You can see it, but it does not make a difference. You are just rumbling over ice as you go down the road.”