VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Jennifer McCord
Ellen Kamilakis

Dec. 27, 2017

Drivers Asked to Plan for Wed. A.M. Rush Hour
Frigid temperatures will mean slick road conditions likely

FAIRFAX—Drivers are asked to closely monitor the forecast as the National Weather Service has issued a Potential Winter Commuting Hazard Statement for Baltimore/Washington (potential for light snow accumulation) for Wednesday morning’s rush hour. Virginia Department of Transportation and contract crews will report overnight and treat roads through the morning rush hour. VDOT asks drivers to be aware that the below-freezing temperatures mean any precipitation will quickly create slick road conditions.

Drivers will also continue to see crews anti-icing major roads in northern Virginia over the coming days for potential winter weather forecasted later in the week.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Regularly check forecasts, as timing and intensity can change. Pavement temperatures are expected to remain below freezing.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to your destination and reduce speeds significantly if conditions warrant. If conditions are icy, avoid driving for safety.
  • Assume all roads that appear wet are slick. Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
  • Watch for plow trucks. They are heavy and move slowly to treat roads effectively.
  • Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full.

Stay up-to-date on road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

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