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Overturned Tanker Blocks Route 495 North

Posted at 3:35 p.m.
UPDATED 3:40 p.m.

An overturned tanker truck (8,500 gallons) is blocking the northbound lanes of Rt. 495 at the American Legion Bridge. At this point, no traffic can go north into Maryland.

All North lanes are closed. The South left shoulder and left lane are closed and causing severe delays. Detour on 123 Northbound side. All ramps will be closed from Georgetown Parkway, 123, Toll Road (267) and George Washington Parkway.

The truck is currently leaking an unknown product. It is unknown how long this may last before the situation can be contained and cleared. Commuters should seek alternate routes.

Additional updates will be provided via Fairfax Alerts as the situation unfolds. You can also see more on the Fire and Rescue Twitter page and from VDOT.

Icy Road Conditions This Morning

Posted at 9:20 a.m.

As you and your family are waking up and looking to head out, please consider staying inside — and not out on the road — for a few extra hours to allow temperatures to rise and icy roadways to become more manageable.

The overnight rain/freezing rain and below freezing temperatures have caused numerous issues on county roads — and roads across the region. Multiple accidents have been reported.

The National Weather Service winter weather and freezing rain advisories have also been extended until noon today.

Don’t forget about icy sidewalks as well, so be careful as you take the dog(s) outside or to get the morning paper.

Some Fairfax Connector (@ffxconnector) bus routes/stops have been affected this morning. Even our Fire department (@ffxfirerescue) had a fire engine involved in a crash at Route 50 and I-66 East in the Fair Oaks area of the county this morning due to icy road conditions. The Police department (@fairfaxpolice) also has enacted its accident policy.

Get more on the forecast. And if you haven’t already signed up for Fairfax Alerts, do so here. Among the alerts you can receive on your cellphone and by email are customized weather alerts as well as severe traffic alerts.

Bottom line … stay off the roads until temperatures rise and ice melts. If you must be out, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds you to slow down and allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination (PDF).

Video: Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Posted at 7:40 a.m.

The morning commute is always interesting here in Northern Virginia — but add rain and things can get complicated.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has some good guidance for safe driving in the rain, like keeping extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Also, turn on your lights anytime it’s raining. Check out the video for more tips.

And most importantly, remember to turn around, don’t drown if you encounter high water or standing water on area roadways.

It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water.

It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.

It’s a Rainy Commute

Posted at 6:50 a.m.

keep calm and slow downOvernight rain continues this morning, making for a messy commute. The National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning until 10:45 a.m.

If you’re on the road this morning, please take a few extra minutes and drive with caution. Roads are wet — so slow down.

Before 5 a.m. this morning, law enforcement reported several roads affected by water. Here’s what we know about right now:

  • Chantilly: Multiple vehicle accident is blocking Route 28 northbound prior to Willard Road.
  • Fairfax Station: Burke Lake Road is closed at Jeremiah Court due to flooding.

If you encounter closed roads or roads affected by high water, do not attempt to drive through. Turn around and find an alternate route. And if possible, report any road issues to our non-emergency telephone number, 703-691-2131.

Today’s forecast calls for rain showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8 a.m. Get more details on the weather forecast online, and be sure to sign up for Fairfax Alerts for severe weather alerts.

 

VDOT Says Roads Treacherous; Numerous Accidents Reported

Posted at 5:05 p.m.

Truck Accident

Police are receiving numerous accident reports as road conditions worsen.

Road conditions remain treacherous around the region this afternoon and there are multiple road closures throughout the county. Fairfax County 9-1-1 has received calls from drivers asking about abandoning their vehicles. These vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. If you can safely move your vehicle out of travel lanes you can call a tow truck to get the vehicle home; any vehicle left for more than 12 hours or deemed a road hazard by the police will be towed.

Abandoned vehicles may also contribute to accidents and the owner will be ticketed in this event. Exiting your vehicle puts you and other drivers in danger. If your vehicle is stuck and you are in danger, call 9-1-1, but otherwise you should have it towed.

Please remain off the roads if possible. Visibility is limited, temperatures are dropping and conditions are further deteriorating.

More than 3,800 trucks continue to plow roads in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties according to VDOT. Staying off the roads allows crews to work safely. Crews are spreading salt and abrasives, as appropriate, concentrating their response efforts on the most heavily traveled routes. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends. This storm; however, may deliver a second punch as temperatures drop to record levels and icy conditions remain likely into Friday.