VDOT News - Northern Virginia


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Ellen Kamilakis 703-638-2595


Jan. 16, 2022

Northern Virginia: Crews Deploying to Treat Wintry Weather
Residents asked to avoid nonessential travel Sunday through Monday; ice is a major concern

FAIRFAX - VDOT Northern Virginia crews are mobilizing for snow, freezing rain, and rain that is forecasted to significantly impact the region Sunday and Monday. Crews began the mobilization process Sunday morning.

As always, residents are asked to monitor forecasts, plan ahead to avoid nonessential travel during winter weather, and to be aware of the potential for black ice and nightly refreeze as temperatures remain low.

What's Happening Now

  • See the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service for precipitation from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. The forecast includes a range of snow and ice accumulations across VDOT's Northern Virginia District, as well as wind gusts as high as 40 mph and below freezing temperatures. Please continue to monitor forecasts closely as forecasts can improve or worsen quickly.
  • Plan your trips now to avoid all nonessential travel on Sunday into Monday, especially during the height of the storm, to avoid deteriorating conditions and to allow crews room to work.
  • Northern Virginia District crews pretreated interstates, primaries, and high-volume secondary roads, along with bridges, ramps and overpasses with brine.
  • More than 3,800 pieces of equipment will be deployed in the Northern Virginia District Sunday morning. Residents may begin to see trucks staged in neighborhoods while awaiting the start of the snowfall.
  • Crews will work around the clock on state-maintained roads, focusing on clearing roads that carry the most traffic first. These include interstates, primary roads, and routes connecting public safety and emergency services. Crews can then focus on neighborhoods and lower-volume roads.

Reminders for Residents and Drivers:

  • In areas that are expected to receive higher accumulations of snow, park in driveways or on a single side of the street to allow a wider path for plows.
  • Wind gusts will possibly bring down trees, branches, and power lines. Tree removal crews will be deployed to remove trees from the roadway.
  • To report downed trees or other debris in the road, residents can contact the Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or my.vdot.virginia.gov.
  • Monitor road conditions on www.511virginia.org or the free mobile app, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.
  • Follow @vadotnova and @NWS_BaltWash for real-time updates!
  • Learn more about snow removal by visiting virginiadot.org/snow and viewing Northern Virginia District's fact sheet.


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