VDOT News - Northern Virginia


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Ellen Kamilakis 703-638-2595


Jan. 3, 2022

Northern Virginia: Crews Continue to Clear Roads Ahead of Refreeze
Residents asked to avoid nonessential travel; watch for downed trees; prepare for refreeze

FAIRFAX - As a quick-hitting winter storm leaves the region today, residents are reminded to give road crews room as they clear snow and downed trees in Northern Virginia this afternoon. Overnight tonight and tomorrow morning, limit nonessential trips if possible, and remain keenly alert to icy spots if traveling.

What's Happening Now

• VDOT Northern Virginia crews will remain on duty this afternoon and overnight to push accumulation, as well as to treat roads overnight for the refreeze of any melted precipitation to the pavement.

• Winds and the weight of heavy, wet snow are bringing down trees, branches, and power lines.

Reminders for Residents and Drivers:

In neighborhoods, crews will treat trouble spots with a salt/sand mix and where more than two inches of snow have accumulated, plows will make an 8' -to-10' path. Learn more.

• If possible, avoid overnight and early morning travel until after sunrise and temperatures improve. Temperatures will remain below freezing, causing potential icy conditions and black ice.

If you drive, allow extra time. Clear vehicles completely of ice. Take the trip slowly, increase distance behind other vehicles, and brake gently. Use extra caution on elevated surfaces such as bridges, ramps and overpasses.

Check road conditions: Use www.511virginia.org, the free mobile app, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.

• Follow @vadotnova and @NWS_BaltWash for real-time updates!


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