|IMMEDIATE - 1 p.m.
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Kathleen Leonard 703-259-1799
Jan. 5, 2017
Crews Staging for Afternoon Commute
Drivers asked to prep for snow lingering through Friday a.m.
FAIRFAX—Drivers are advised to avoid a potentially difficult wintry commute by following changing weather conditions closely today, and to plan to be off the roads as snow falls during the afternoon rush through Friday morning.
VDOT crews are finishing pre-treatment of critical locations along interstates and high-volume routes in northern Virginia today, and will begin to stage about 1,125 pieces of equipment along roadsides this afternoon to be in place for rush hour.
Once snow moves into the area, crews will treat roadways with salt and sand to aid melting and improve traction. Trucks can lower the plow blade to push snow once about two inches have accumulated on the road surface.
Pavement temperatures are expected to remain low over the next few days, so drivers should expect potential for continued refreeze and slick conditions, even where crews have treated.
Drivers are asked to:
- Monitor weather to stay abreast of the latest timing and intensity along your travel routes
- Adjust commutes to avoid driving during the storm—try to leave early this afternoon and delay trips in the morning until conditions improve. Allow plenty of extra travel time.
- Reduce speeds; do not overdrive conditions and use headlights
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots
- Ensure gas tanks and windshield fluid tanks are full, and take time to update your car’s emergency kit
Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:
- Check 511virginia.org or the mobile app for traffic conditions and closures
- Visit virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources during winter events in northern Virginia
- Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
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