ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Icy conditions caused by frigid temperatures have contributed to numerous problems on highways in Maryland and the metropolitan Washington area.

Snowsqualls that moved through the area over the weekend caused whiteout conditions on Interstate 270 in Frederick and Montgomery counties and throughout the region, followed by snow-covered roads that made driving treacherous and slowed speeds on the highway to 20 mph or less on long stretches.

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The inner loop of the Capital Beltway shut down for more than five hours early Sunday morning following an accident that sent six people to hospitals, including two emergency workers who had responded a previous crash.

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