VDOT News - Northern Virginia


IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m. to midnight

Michelle Holland 703-586-0487
Kathleen Leonard 703-638-9115

Jan. 23, 2016

Stay off roads through the weekend; Monitor progress at www.vdotplows.org

FAIRFAX — A massive winter storm continues to bury northern Virginia tonight with heavy snow bands, expected to lay totals of up to three feet across the region. All roads remain snow-covered and treacherous at this time, with high winds strongly limiting visibility, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Drivers should stay off the roads, to give crews room to continue to keep up with rapid accumulation and blowing and drifting snow.

Close to 4,000 trucks will plow through the night on interstates, major roads and subdivisions in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. Contrary to some reports, crews have not suspended operations at any time in any location.

What drivers and residents need to know:

  • Stay off the roads through the weekend. Driving remains extremely dangerous and plows need as much room as possible to work. Even when the snow stops overnight tonight, drivers are asked to stay off the roads tomorrow so crews can make faster progress in clearing roads during the day.
  • Avoid walking in the road for your safety. It is difficult for crews to see pedestrians.
  • Check truck progress and your neighborhood status 24 / 7 at www.vdotplows.org.
  • If you are shoveling your driveway, view this video for helpful tips.

Other VDOT resources:

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

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