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Jennifer McCord

Ellen Kamilakis


Jan. 12, 2019

VDOT Urges Drivers to Avoid Travel During Weekend Snow
Crews prepping for first snow of 2019; Drivers asked to plan ahead for safety

BriningFAIRFAX—Northern Virginia road crews are preparing for the first snow of 2019. VDOT asks that drivers plan travel around impending weather and avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.

What's Happening Now

  • The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the southern and western portions of the district, and a Winter Weather Advisory for the central and northern portions. 
  • Crews pretreated interstates and major routes throughout Northern Virginia on Thursday and Friday.
  • On Saturday afternoon, plow trucks will stage along roadways.

VDOT Asks Drivers and Residents to:

  • Monitor weather closely, as forecasts can improve or worsen quickly.
  • Plan ahead to avoid driving during the storm and after until conditions have improved. Freezing temperatures are expected through the weekend.
  • Park in driveways or on the same side of the street to allow plows room to pass
  • If you absolutely must drive, know the conditions, drive for the conditions and give plows plenty of room. Ensure enough gas, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, and an emergency car kit.


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