VDOT News - Northern Virginia


IMMEDIATE - 11:30 a.m.

Ellen Kamilakis
Kathleen Leonard

Feb. 15, 2016

Crews making rounds; Icy conditions coming as snow turns to sleet, freezing rain

FAIRFAX—Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow snow and treat roads across northern Virginia. Drivers are urged to stay home, as snow bursts quickly cover pavement between plow passes, and conditions are likely to deteriorate this afternoon when snow transitions to sleet and freezing rain. Through the evening, pavement temperatures are expected to remain several degrees colder than air temperatures, so that any precipitation will quickly freeze.

Close to 4,000 trucks will remain on duty through the day and overnight.

As Monday holidays tend to be popular travel days, VDOT asks that drivers strongly consider adjusting travel plans to avoid icy conditions.

If travel is absolutely necessary:

• Check www.511virginia.org or the mobile app before leaving for latest road conditions.

• Watch for black ice; brake and accelerate gently.

• Ensure headlights are on, windshield wipers are in good condition and fluid is full.

• Slow down and allow snow crews the right of way.

• Report road hazards or ask questions – 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or report a problem.

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).

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