VDOT News - Northern Virginia


IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m.

Ellen Kamilakis


Dec. 13, 2022

Northern Virginia: Crews Preparing for a Wintry Mix to Impact Thursday Morning Rush Hour
Please continue to monitor forecasts

FAIRFAX - VDOT asks that drivers be alert for a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain that will impact roads late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. In addition to sleet and freezing rain, moderate to heavy ran after may lead to ponding on roads.

What's Happening Now

  • Crews are pretreating roads tonight into Wednesday, but drivers are asked to prepare now for impacts to the Thursday morning rush hour. Crews will begin staging along roads Wednesday night.
  • A Winter Storm Watch has been issued from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. Thursday for parts of the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley and points west for more significant icing potential. For those with plans to travel west, monitor the forecast and limit travel.

VDOT Asks Drivers To:

  • Closely monitor weather, as forecasts can improve or worsen quickly.
  • Make plans now to telework or delay travel Thursday morning until conditions have improved. Give crews time and plenty of space to treat roads.
  • While driving during winter weather is not advised, if you must, allow extra time for trips, significantly reduce speeds, brake lightly and allow plenty of following distance. Ensure you have enough gas, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, and an emergency car kit.
  • Be aware of potential for ice, especially areas prone to freezing such as bridges, ramps and overpasses. If road conditions become hazardous, delay travel for your safety and to give trucks time to treat roads.
  • Before leaving, check road conditions along your route at www.511virginia.org, on the free mobile app, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.

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