Road Crews Staging for Wintry Afternoon/Evening Commute

Posted 2:08 p.m. // From the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Drivers are advised to avoid a potentially difficult wintry commute by following changing weather conditions closely today, and to plan to be off the roads as snow falls during the afternoon rush through Friday morning.

VDOT crews are finishing pre-treatment of critical locations along interstates and high-volume routes in Northern Virginia today, and will begin to stage about 1,125 pieces of equipment along roadsides this afternoon to be in place for rush hour.

Once snow moves into the area, crews will treat roadways with salt and sand to aid melting and improve traction. Trucks can lower the plow blade to push snow once about two inches have accumulated on the road surface.

Pavement temperatures are expected to remain low over the next few days, so drivers should expect potential for continued refreeze and slick conditions, even where crews have treated.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Monitor weather to stay informed of the latest timing and intensity along your travel routes
  • Adjust commutes to avoid driving during the storm—try to leave early this afternoon and delay trips in the morning until conditions improve. Allow plenty of extra travel time.
  • Reduce speeds; do not overdrive conditions and use headlights
  • Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots
  • Ensure gas tanks and windshield fluid tanks are full, and take time to update your car’s emergency kit

In addition to the VDOT information above, Fairfax County Public Schools have cancelled evening activities:

For more information about snow, roads, cold and more, view our Fairfax County Winter Weather Guide.

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