VDOT News - Northern Virginia


IMMEDIATE - 4:30 p.m.

Jennifer McCord
Ellen Kamilakis

Jan. 4, 2018

Crews Remain For Overnight Refreeze and Wind Gusts
Potential for slick spots, downed tree limbs and debris overnight

FAIRFAX—With continued extreme temperatures, and potential for downed tree limbs and debris from overnight winds, some Virginia Department of Transportation crews remain on duty to clear and treat roads.

VDOT reminds drivers that sustained low temperatures over the next several days mean continued refreeze and potential for slick road conditions. Drivers are asked to:

  • Stay tuned to weather (see National Weather Service snow totals and forecast).
  • If conditions are icy, delay trips for safety, or allow plenty of extra time and reduce speeds significantly.
  • Assume any pavement could be slick. Crews are unable to plow a light coating, and even previously treated roads become slick quickly with low pavement and air temperatures.
  • Take it slow on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
  • Ensure gas tanks and wiper fluid tanks are full.

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

Before heading out, take time to update your car’s emergency kit. Here’s how: www.ready.gov/car.

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