Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Afternoon Commute

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

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This Afternoon’s Commute

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging commuters in Fairfax County and across Northern Virginia to prepare for the afternoon commute, which is expected to be much more difficult than this morning as rain and wintry mix increases to snow throughout the day.

VDOT is asking drivers to commute/travel in the early afternoon if possible, prior to 4 p.m., to get ahead of increasing precipitation and dropping pavement temperatures expected this evening.

Between this morning’s rush hour and the afternoon rush today, VDOT crews will be applying a light application of salt, or mix of salt and liquid magnesium chloride, to problem spots such as bridges, ramps, hills and overpasses on main roads and in neighborhoods. Crews will continue to treat roads through the evening rush and overnight tonight.

Bridge and pavement temperatures are forecasted to be at or below freezing from 6 p.m. today through mid-day Tuesday.

If out on area roads, please use caution, particularly in neighborhoods where slick conditions may develop this evening.

Weather Alerts

Winter Storms Fairfax Alerts

Finally, with perhaps the first major storm of the winter approaching, don’t forget to sign up for weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.

Our Office of Emergency Management provides the service for free; you just have to sign up. You can receive alerts on up to 10 devices, such as home phone, mobile phone (including text) and email, as well as receive alerts geo-targeted to up go five locations, such as home, work or school locations for children.

Before the weather hits, make sure you sign up for Fairfax Alerts. Additional winter preparedness information is online.

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6 responses to “Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Afternoon Commute”

  1. Phil says :

    Are Fairfax County offices closing early?

  2. Kacy Canady says :


  3. Anonymous says :

    The National Weather Service winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Declare school delay or close by tonight for tommorow. Please allow our children to have sufficient amount of sleep. I work at school, today in my class had many children deprived of sleep by parents. Please don’t delay your decision until later morning hours.

  4. Anonymous says :

    It’s 9:30 pm maybe the message about leaving work at 4 pm should be updated. I think people often just want to know they haven’t missed anything. How about every 3-4 hours just add a msg that no decision has been made along with the time.

  5. Carter says :

    I don’t understand why Fairfax waits so long to delay/cancel school, prince William and spotsylvania have already closed their schools early this night, so I don’t understand why I have to wait untill the last second to here 1 of 3 things. No School, Delayed School, or Below freezing School. The latter of those choices being a rediculous but possible scenario for us students.