Snow and Ice Could Impact Morning and Afternoon Commutes on Wednesday

Posted at 3:45 p.m.

VDOT logoThe Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to prepare for a day-long storm tomorrow that could make driving hazardous in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.

You are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and consider teleworking or delaying travel tomorrow. Also, plan for a longer than normal commute, with snow predicted in the morning and hazardous sleet and freezing rain beginning in the afternoon.

weather forecast Jan. 13-14, 2015

By 4 a.m. Wednesday, VDOT reports that about 700 trucks will be staged throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties to treat roads. Additional trucks may be added to handle sleet and snow during the afternoon commute.

Today, crews are pre-treating major roads and trouble spots in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties. On interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495 — including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1 — crews use liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, are pre-treated with salt brine.

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10 responses to “Snow and Ice Could Impact Morning and Afternoon Commutes on Wednesday”

  1. Lynn S. says :

    I have yet to see any roads pre treated this year in Bailey’s Crossroads…Annandale…Fairfax or Chantilly. This includes Columbia Pike…Gallows Road…495…66…rt. 28.

  2. Karen McIntosh says :

    Fairfax County Emergency Informati

  3. Anonymous says :

    So is FFXcounty going to update us whether they are open or inform us after 8 am like last week

  4. Anonymous says :

    Severe Weather Alerts – Vienna, VA

    Winter Weather Advisory

    Winter Weather Advisory in effect from Wednesday, 4:00 AM EST until Wednesday, 12:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

    …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST
    WEDNESDAY…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
    ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
    FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

    * PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

    * ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND ONE INCH.

    * TIMING…ONSET AROUND 4 TO 6 AM…CONTINUING INTO THE LATE
    MORNING HOURS…BEFORE MIXING WITH PERIODS OF SLEET AND
    DISSIPATING BY EARLY AFTERNOON.

    * TEMPERATURES…MIDDLE 20S DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS…INCREASING
    TO LOW 30S LATER IN THE MORNING.

    * WINDS…NORTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

    * IMPACTS…SNOW WILL LIKELY DEVELOP EARLY IN THE MORNING COMMUTE.
    THIS COUPLED WITH ROAD AND AIR TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW FREEZING
    WILL CAUSE ACCUMULATION OF SNOWFALL ON ROADWAYS. THIS WILL
    RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

    School should be delayed or be closed due to the bad conditions.

    Source: Accuweather.com.

    We need to think about how are the buses are even going to travel tomorrow.

    We need to keep our children safe. Fairfax County should not risk our kids by going to school. We should have a delay or a closing. A closing will be the best choice, so the snow can settle in and melt the next day. We don’t want kids slipping and getting hurt like the last incident. Please FCPS do not repat your mistake from a few weeks ago. #Close FCPS

  5. Anonymous says :

    Slippery Roads, Side walks Icy and Travel delays expected Wednesday 1/14/15 morning. The FCPS needs declare 2 hour delay or close for the safety of children. This wintry mix weather is very dangerous for walkers and elementary kids. Middle /High School students are able to manage but elementary children are unable to cope up with this dreadful weather. Today, I saw many of our neighbor school kids shivering with cold at bus stop and have asked them to come and sit inside my car until the school bus arrived. The FCPS don’t even concern about the safety of our children, all they just keep on apologizing. Declare tonight school closing or delay, don’t keep on hanging on your decisions until morning and you better don’t upset parents.

  6. Anonymous says :

    Latest from WTOP / ABC NEWS- Declare school closing, if you are really concern about our children.

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 4 a.m. Wednesday until noon for:

    Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, southern Baltimore and Calvert counties in Maryland.
    The District of Columbia
    Arlington, Manassas and Mannassas Park and Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, King George and Stafford counties in Virginia.

  7. Anonymous says :

    Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 4 a.m. Wednesday until noon for:

    Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, southern Baltimore and Calvert counties in Maryland.
    The District of Columbia
    Arlington, Manassas and Mannassas Park and Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, King George and Stafford counties in Virginia.

  8. Marilyn Lopez says :

    Juan Martin Forero. Cell: (703) 839-3232 juanmartin@jmresolutionsinc.com Of: (571) 329-6367 www. jmresolutioninc.com

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