VDOT News - Northern Virginia


IMMEDIATE - 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Dec. 17, 2016

Icy Conditions in Northern Virginia
Continue to delay trips, use extreme caution until temperatures rise

FAIRFAX—(9:30 a.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation advises northern Virginia drivers to continue to delay travel and to keep a close eye on the latest weather advisories before leaving home this morning, until conditions improve.

Crews continue to treat roads with mixes of salt, sand and liquid magnesium chloride. Please be aware that pavement will continue to refreeze between treatments until temperatures improve.

Update on earlier crash(es) along I-495: Main lines of northbound I-495 at Route 50 in Fairfax County are expected to be closed for at least an additional hour for lanes to reopen. Drivers are asked to continue to follow detours via the Express Lanes (where tolls have been lifted northbound). Crews continue to treat the area as access from closures allows.

Monitor www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency and @VaDOTNOVA for the latest updates. See a complete list of current road closures sorted by county at www.511virginia.org.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Avoid driving until temperatures improve. Continue to monitor local weather and the National Weather Service for the latest on weather advisories (currently extended until noon).
  • Monitor 511virginia.org for current road conditions and updates on incidents
  • If you absolutely must drive, use extreme caution, allow plenty of braking distance, and be prepared with emergency car kit.
  • Even as temperatures improve, continue to slow speeds and use caution as isolated icy patches may remain.



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