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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.

Police Accident Policy Now in Effect

Posted 6:25 p.m.

Though it’s best to stay home tonight if you can, our Police Department will only be responding to accident reports that meet the following criteria:

  • Injuries.
  • Hit and run.
  • One or more vehicles are not drivable.
  • Active argument or conflict between the drivers.

If you call in a routine accident (703-691-3121, TTY 711) that does not meet the above criteria, you will be directed to exchange information with the other driver and to notify your insurance company.

If you need to drive, have emergency supplies in your vehicle: water, food, blankets, flashlight, charged smartphone and extra batteries at a minimum.

Transportation Systems: What’s Running This Morning?

Posted at 5:05 a.m.

Although Fairfax County government is opening at noon, many residents may need to commute earlier this morning. Here is the latest update on transportation systems in the area:

  • Fairfax Connector is running weekday service, starting at 6 a.m., with slight detours.
  • Fastran will transport dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation trips only. All other scheduled route services including: senior centers, adult day health care, Women’s Recovery Center, senior residence trips, and charter services are canceled.
  • Virginia Railway Express will only operate trains with an “S” above its train number.
  • Metrobus will run limited service only on selected major arterial roadways.

VDOT: Travel Conditions Remain Hazardous; Stay Off Roads

Posted 12:40 p.m.

From our friends at the Virginia Department of Transportation:

The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise motorists to stay off roads in Northern Virginia today. Snow, sleet and refreeze throughout the afternoon will cause a wide range of road conditions. 4,000 trucks are making headway plowing interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets simultaneously.

“We urge drivers to stay off roads while conditions are still changing,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s Northern Virginia district maintenance engineer. “It is imperative to the safety of drivers as well as our snow crews.”

On the roads:

  • Interstates are mostly clear and wet. Primary roads are partially clear with some lanes open, and many secondary roads remain snow-covered. Roads that appear to be bare pavement may become slick from sleet and refreeze.
  • If stranded, keep vehicle lights on and avoid getting out of your vehicle. Call #77 (Virginia State Police) who will dispatch VDOT Safety Service Patrol. Call 911 in case of an emergency.

In neighborhoods:

  • Residents can enter their address at to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood and watch trucks as they travel their plow routes.
  • Crews will plow streets and sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction. With this deep snow, roads will have an eight-to-ten foot path but not bare pavement.
  • Keep vehicles in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • Wait until plow passes. When shoveling, leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed. as the truck will push some snow back. Shovel to the right facing the road.

Stay informed:

Track VDOT Snow Plowing Efforts

Posted 12:19 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Transportation handles snow removal on most roads in Fairfax County. If you’re wondering about the status of plowing on major and secondary roads, check out VDOT’s snow plowing map.

VDOT Snow Removal Map

Keep Emergency Routes Clear of Vehicles

Posted 11:28 a.m.

Fairfax County’s emergency routes need to be open for first responders and snow removal efforts. If your vehicle is on one of these routes, please remove it ASAP.

If you’ve shoveled out your car, do NOT park it on an emergency route today or in the days to come.

The Fairfax County Police Department has authority to remove any vehicle that is stalled, stuck, parked or abandoned on an emergency route. The owner or operator of a vehicle that is moved will be responsible for the towing fee, as well as a fine.

List of Emergency Routes

Rt. 1 Yes Richmond Highway
Rt. 7 Yes Leesburg Pike
Rt. 28 Yes Sully Road
Rt. 29 Yes Lee Highway
Rt. 50 Yes Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway/Arlington Boulevard
Rt. 66 Yes Interstate
Rt. 95 Yes Interstate
Rt. 123 Yes Ox Road/Chain Bridge Road/Dolly Madison Boulevard
Rt. 193 Yes Georgetown Pike
Rt. 228 Dranesville Road (Rt. 7-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 235 Yes Mount Vernon Highway/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Rt. 236 Yes Little River Turnpike
Rt. 241 Yes North King’s Highway/Telegraph Road
Rt. 242 Gunston Road (River Rd.-Rt. 1)
Rt. 243 Nutley Street (Rt. 29-Town of Vienna)
Rt. 244 Yes Columbia Pike
Rt. 267 Yes Dulles Toll Road
Rt. 286 Yes Fairfax County Parkway
Rt. 289 Yes Franconia-Springfield Parkway
Rt. 309 Old Dominion Drive (Georgetown Pike-Rt. 123)
Rt. 395 Yes Interstate
Rt. 602 Yes Reston Parkway/Lawyers Road (Rt. 7-West Ox Road)
Rt. 606 Yes Baron Cameron Avenue (Rt. 7-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 608 West Ox Road (Rt. 29-Centreville Road)
Rt. 611 Yes Telegraph Road (Rt. 1-City of Alexandria)
Rt. 613 Yes Beulah Street/Van Dorn Street/Lincolnia Road/Sleepy Hollow Road/Wilson Boulevard
Rt. 617 Yes Backlick Road
Rt. 618 Yes Woodlawn Road
Rt. 620 Yes Braddock Road
Rt. 623 Yes Old Mount Vernon (Rt. 235-Rt. 235 loopback)
Rt. 626 Yes Sherwood Hall Lane
Rt. 628 Yes Parkers Lane/Collingwood Road
Rt. 629 Fort Hunt Road/Vernon View
Rt. 633 Yes South King’s Highway
Rt. 635 Hayfield Road (Franconia Springfield Parkway-Telegraph Road)
Rt. 636 Hooes Road (Fairfax County Parkway-Rt. 123)
Rt. 637 Newington Road (Telegraph Road-Loisdale Road)
Rt. 638 Yes Rolling Road (Rt. 95-Braddock Road)
Rt. 640 Yes Sydenstricker Road
Rt. 642 Yes Lorton Road (Rt. 123-Rt. 1)
Rt. 643 Yes Lee Chapel Road/Burke Center Parkway (Fairfax County Parkway south-Fairfax County Parkway north)
Rt. 644 Yes Franconia Road/Old Keene Mill Road
Rt. 645 Burke Lake Road/Clifton Road/Stringfellow Road (Braddock Rd.-Town of Clifton; Town of Clifton-Rt. 29; Rt. 29-Rt. 50; Rt. 50-Fairfax County Parkway)
Rt. 648 Yes Edsall Road
Rt. 649 Yes Annandale Road/Hummer Road/Ravensworth Road (City of Falls Church-Rt. 236)
Rt. 650 Yes Gallows Road/Annandale Road (Rt. 7-Rt. 236)
Rt. 652 Burke Road (Burke Lake Road-Rolling Road)
Rt. 655 Yes Shirley Gate Road
Rt. 657 Yes Centreville Road
Rt. 659 Union Mill Road (Rt. 620-Rt. 658; Rt. 29-New Braddock Road)
Rt. 662 Stone Road (Rt. 29-Braddock Road)
Rt. 665 Waples Mill Road/Fox Mill Road (Rt. 50-Rt. 657)
Rt. 673 Lawyers Road (Fox Mill Road-Town of Vienna)
Rt. 674 Yes Hunter Mill Road
Rt. 675 Yes Sunset Hills Road (Hunter Mill Rd.-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 699 Prosperity Avenue (Rt. 236-Rt. 29)
Rt. 703 Shreve Road/Haycock Road (Rt. 29-Westmoreland Street)
Rt. 710 Yes Wakefield Chapel Road
Rt. 738 Yes Old Dominion Drive (Rt. 123-Arlington County Line)
Rt. 744 Hilltop Road (Rt. 29-Prosperity Avenue)
Rt. 790 Alban Road (Rolling Rd.-Backlick)
Rt. 828 Wiehle Avenue (Reston Parkway-Sunrise Valley Dr.)
Rt. 1332 Huntington Avenue (Rt. 1-Telegraph Road)
Rt. 1510 Yes Beacon Hill Road/Belle View Boulevard
Rt. 2677 Frontier Drive (Franconia/Springfield Parkway-Franconia Road)
Rt. 4605 Yes Dorr Avenue
Rt. 5320 Sunrise Valley Drive
Rt. 5329 Yes South Lakes Drive
Rt. 5576 Yes Hilary Road
Rt. 6066 Yes Prosperity Avenue
Rt. 6197 Roberts Parkway (Burke Center Parkway-Guinea Road)
Rt. 6751 Monument Drive (West Ox Road-Government Center Parkway)
Rt. 7436 Government Center Parkway (Monument Drive-Forum Drive)
Rt. 7437 Yes Forum Drive
Rt. 7700 Yes Fair Lakes Parkway
Rt. 7783 New Braddock Road (Rt. 28-Union Mill Road)

Transportation Systems Still Impacted By Snow

Posted at 10:49 a.m.

In addition to treacherous roads, many area transportation services are impacted today.

PLEASE, stay off the roads so VDOT can plow the snow.

Here’s the latest bus, transit and airport information:

  • Fairfax Connector has suspended all service, but will reevaluate operations this afternoon.
  • Fastran will transport dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation trips only. All other scheduled route services including: senior centers, adult day health care, Women’s Recovery Center, senior residence trips, and charter services are canceled.
  • Virginia Railway Express will not operate any train service on Thursday and offices are closed.
  • Metrobus service (all routes, all lines) is suspended until further notice. Metrorail remains open.
  • Runways at area airports are closed.

Jenni McCord from the Virginia Department of Transportation provides more information on snow removal:

Transportation Update

Posted at 5:50 a.m.

As the snow continues to fall, many area transportation services are impacted this morning. Here’s the latest:

  • Fairfax Connector has suspended all service, but will reevaluate operations around 7 a.m.
  • Fastran will transport dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation trips only. All other scheduled route services including: senior centers, adult day health care, Women’s Recovery Center, senior residence trips, and charter services are canceled.
  • Virginia Railway Express will not operate any train service on Thursday and offices are closed.
  • Metrobus service (all routes, all lines) is suspended until further notice. The decision to suspend service was made at 3:15 a.m.

Fairfax County government, courts and schools are all closed on Thursday as well.

High Winds Expected: May Cause Roads to Freeze

In addition to tomorrow’s forecasted snow, the National Weather Service also has issued a wind advisory for the D.C. region through noon on Friday, Jan. 3. This means that wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected.

These high winds could damage trees, down power lines and make driving difficult for trucks and other tall vehicles.

Predicted snow totals as 4 p.m. today

Predicted snow totals as 4 p.m. today

If your power goes out report your outage; never assume a neighbor has reported it.

  • Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map.
  • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports.

Here’s more information on how to report downed trees or power lines.

Drive carefully tonight and tomorrow morning because the winds and low temperatures may cause roads to freeze.

Six Morning Commute Tips

Posted 5:05 a.m.

If you plan to drive or take transit this morning, please use your best judgment and keep in mind these quick tips so you arrive safely and keep others safe, too. These will also be important as the day progresses and the storm gets worse.

1.) Some snow has already fallen. Clean your car off completely. Use headlights, too!

2.) Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination. Slowing down is also a good idea since slippery roads mean less stopping time.

3.) Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.

4.) Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.

5.) Stay in the car if visibility becomes poor later today. You may become disoriented and lost while wandering in a snowstorm. If you have a cellphone, call for help. Have a few supplies in your car such as a blanket and some food.

6.) Drivers, watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians watch out for drivers. Let’s all get to our destinations safely and take our time.

Here are some more tips from VDOT:


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