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First Snow to Impact Roads Starting Friday Evening

Provided by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

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Virginia Department of Transportation and contract crews are preparing for Northern Virginia’s first dose of winter weather, from Friday evening through Sunday morning.

Crews will complete two days of anti-icing of the roads by midday Friday. Where the storm is currently forecasted to arrive late Friday, there is the potential to see precipitation towards the tail end of rush hour. Drivers are asked to continue to monitor the forecast, and always plan for inclement conditions.

Once fully mobilized this evening, please watch for crews as they stage along roads prior to the storm. Crews will treat roads with salt and sand as needed once the storm begins Friday night, plow in areas where and if snow totals reach two inches, and will remain on duty throughout the course of the storm.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Continue to check weather forecasts, as storm timing and intensity can change. Pavement temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight.
  • Do not overdrive conditions; reduce speeds and use headlights.
  • Be patient; remember that many fellow drivers are not comfortable driving in adverse weather conditions.
  • Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
  • Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full.

Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

Before heading out, take time to update the emergency kit in your car. Here’s how: ready.gov/car

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