Things to Know for the Weekend
Posted at 4:14 p.m.
As we continue to dig out of the recent winter storm, more snow is possible. The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for snow tonight and Saturday morning, with cold temperatures dropping Saturday night to around 19 degrees.
Here are some things to keep in mind this holiday weekend:
1.) VDOT Snow Removal: The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on most county roads.
- Get details on Northern Virginia’s snow removal program (PDF).
- Follow @vadotnova on Twitter for Northern Virginia news, and @511northernva for real-time traffic updates.
- Use the 511 app or visit www.511virginia.org.
- Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood.
2.) Help Neighbors: Please check in with your neighbors to make sure they have supplies and to help them shovel out driveways, cars and sidewalks.
3.) Exercise Caution: Shoveling snow can be physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains and strains and heart attacks.
4.) Beware of Ice: With the cold temperatures, snow that has melted will refreeze and create hazardous icy conditions, including black ice. Drive cautiously and be careful walking outside.
5.) Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
6.) Pets: Don’t forget your pets. As the temperatures drop, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
7.) Fire Hydrants: As streets continue to be plowed and snow is displaced onto sidewalks and roadsides, there may be a need to dig out fire hydrants.
8.) Fill Your Car: Keep the gas tank filled. Here’s more information on winterizing your vehicle.