Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779

March 2, 2009

Avoid travel if possible

FAIRFAX - As of 8:30 a.m. travel lanes on Northern Virginia interstates are covered with blowing snow and visibility is poor, making travel slow and hazardous.

Accumulations range from two to seven inches in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties.

VDOT crews began treating roads at 7 p.m. Sunday night and plowing in some areas began at midnight. Once major roads are clear, snowplows will move into subdivisions.

Motorists should keep their speeds to 25-35 mph and be mindful of potentially icy conditions.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

      • Before you begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.

      • Call 511 or visit

      • Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.

      • Always wear your seat belt.

      • Allow extra time to travel to your destination.

      • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.

      • If there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.

      • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.

      • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.

      • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.

      • Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.


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