Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 23, 2015
CREWS PRETREATING FOR WINTRY WEEKEND
Overnight and Saturday morning expected to be main concern for drivers
FAIRFAX—Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for a wide range of precipitation forecast for northern Virginia this weekend, including snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain over the next 36 hours.
What drivers should know:
- The forecast calls for winter weather to last this evening through Saturday afternoon, with low confidence as to which type will have the most impact in the region.
- Bridge deck and pavement temperatures will hover around freezing.
- Overnight and Saturday morning have potential for icy conditions. Drivers are asked to delay trips to later in the day if possible.
Today, crews are pre-treating major roads and trouble spots in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. On interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495—including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1—crews use liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, are pre-treated with salt brine. Crews will also pre-treat trouble spots in subdivisions.
By 4 p.m., about 500 trucks will be available throughout Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties to treat roads, and additional trucks may report overnight if needed.
Another round of wintry mix is forecast for Sunday night into Monday morning. Crews will plan to pre-treat again Sunday.
VDOT reminds drivers to use caution in winter weather, and:
- Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, curves and overpasses
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