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Ramps, Bridges Hazardous Due to Low Temps and Light Traffic

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FAIRFAX─ Virginia Department of Transportation crews and 4,000 pieces of equipment continue working in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties. Crews are focusing on plowing and treating during the height of the storm expected from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will turn to treating icy spots overnight due to extreme low temperatures.

What drivers should know this evening:

  • The height of the storm is expected during rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should monitor road conditions closely and avoid driving if possible.
  • Chemicals used to treat roads become ineffective under 20 degrees. Tonight, crews will continue to plow roads, as well as treat ice with a mixture of salt and liquid magnesium chloride on interstates, and a treated sand mix on primary and local roads.
  • Bridge pavement temperatures are expected to be as low as four degrees tomorrow morning. Drivers should use extreme caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and other areas prone to freezing.
  • High winds will cause snow to drift back into roadways and refreeze.
  • Crews will continue plow subdivisions overnight and treat icy spots.

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