Provided by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Virginia Department of Transportation and contract crews will mobilize late Friday night to treat roads for a potential snow storm. VDOT asks drivers to be aware that the week of below-freezing temperatures means any precipitation will quickly create slick road conditions, and encourages drivers to stay off the roads.
Crews have taken the opportunity throughout this week to apply anti-icing treatment to the roads when conditions were favorable. All crews will be finished by midday Friday. The storm is currently forecasted to arrive overnight Friday.
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 overnight Friday and will remain on duty throughout the course of the storm. Please give plow trucks room to work, as they are very heavy and drive slowly.
Drivers are asked to:
- If conditions are icy, avoid driving for safety. Otherwise, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and reduce speeds significantly.
- Continue to check weather forecasts. Pavement and air temperatures have been below freezing all week.
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
- Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full, and always use your headlights.
Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:
- Visit virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources from VDOT in Northern Virginia
- Follow @vadotnova on Twitter
- Check 511virginia.org/ or the 511 mobile app before you go for traffic conditions and lane closures
- Get more details on snow removal in Northern Virginia
Before heading out, take time to update the emergency kit in your car. Here’s how: ready.gov/car