5 Things to Know: VDOT Road Snow Removal Update

Posted 5:22 p.m.

From our friends at the Virginia Department of Transportation in Northern Virginia:

Virginia Department of Transportation crews and 4,000 pieces of equipment continue working in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties. Crews are focusing on plowing and treating during the height of the storm expected from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will turn to treating icy spots overnight due to extreme low temperatures.

If you need to be out, here’s what you need to know:

  1. The height of the storm is expected during rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should monitor road conditions closely and avoid driving if possible.
  2. Chemicals used to treat roads become ineffective under 20 degrees. Tonight, crews will continue to plow roads, as well as treat ice with a mixture of salt and liquid magnesium chloride on interstates, and a treated sand mix on primary and local roads.
  3. Bridge pavement temperatures are expected to be as low as four degrees tomorrow morning. Drivers should use extreme caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and other areas prone to freezing.
  4. High winds will cause snow to drift back into roadways and refreeze.
  5. Crews will continue plow subdivisions overnight and treat icy spots.

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25 responses to “5 Things to Know: VDOT Road Snow Removal Update”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I’ve been all over the roads, and hope to God that Fairfax Co shuts down gov’t operations tomorrow. Its just not gonna be safe, and please keep workers and citizens alike as safe as possible. Thank you, and is an announcement going to be made tonight?

  2. M.Rose says :

    Are you going to make the announcement either way tonight? Roads are a disaster, slipping all over the place. I hope the gov’t offices, all of them, for the safety of employees and the general public will be closed tomorrow. Thanks for any insight.

  3. Anonymous says :

    They have already closed Fairfax County schools. It is still snowing and I also think for the safety of employees that Fairfax County Government should make the decision tonight to close. It’s time to think about the employees instead of having people risk their safety.

    • Anonymous says :

      The powers that be who make these decisions do.not.care. They are comfy at home with their six figure salaries, able to “telework” at will. Try asking them the next time employees will get a legit raise. Please, close for dangerous snow?

    • Greg says :

      I agree. Let’s hope they make the decision either way soon. I don’t want to get up early, and find out either way. Better to know now, and prepare accordingly.

  4. Anonymous says :

    It’s not just snow, but wind, low temps, and wind chill factors to be considered. I think it will be pretty treacherous in the morning. Please keep us safe by closing and not making people feel any pressure to get out on the roads in the morning.

  5. Hendricks Ntenda says :

    I kindly want to know if Fairfax Gen. District Court will be open tomorrow Wednesday. Thank you. Hendricks Ntenda.

    • Anonymous says :

      The courts are usually the last to make a decision. Judges, needless to say, needn’t worry about reckless driving tickets when they slam into other vehicles on an icy Fairfax county roadway.

  6. john says :

    I am not trying to “beat a dead horse” here, but as I make plans, could you at least have the courtesy whether an announcement will be made tonight or tomorrow? Thanks.

    • Greg says :

      I’m with you. It would be helpful to know either way, at least whether to crash and go to sleep now, or wait a bit longer at least to make plans.

      • Anonymous says :

        LOL. Not going to happen. When will the voters wise up about the bush-league antics of our so-called executives in this county?

        • Greg says :

          I’m not sure if they are bush league, but one does have to wonder why no employee in their Emergency Preparedness Office hasn’t answered the question yet. Even just a “working on it” would be helpful. Or even more so “The announcement is this,” or “Tomorrow as conditions allow we shall make a decision”

  7. Anonymous says :

    They haven’t even updated this thing with the school closing for tomorrow. Maybe everyone went home.

  8. Anonymous says :

    It’s 8:30 at night – please tell us something. They haven’t plowed any side streets in my area and I’d like to know status. Thanks.

  9. Anonymous says :

    I would like to know now as well. The snow hasn’t stopped once today. If you are not essential personnel then why in the world do we have to risk our lives getting to work. The majority will take off anyway unless they get guilted into coming in even with unscheduled leave.like me. My job is not as urgent as my boss likes to think so.

  10. Anonymous says :

    I would LOVE to go to work tomorrow! No kids or husband to deal with!

  11. Waiting says :

    Please declare admin leave. My boss likes to guilt me into coming in even with unscheduled leave. I have a very quiet job, I really wouldn’t be missed tomorrow.

  12. fairfaxcounty says :

    No decision has been made at this time. As soon as operating status has been determined we’ll post it here.

  13. Katie says :

    Who is in charge of determining operating status? What does this entity still doesn’t know to determine the status for tomorrow ? If schools are closed, we need to plan what to do with the children!

  14. Waiting says :

    open on time with unscheduled leave tomorrow.