Provided by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Even though spring is right around the corner, Virginia Department of Transportation crews will again be mobilized for snow that is forecast for Monday. Drivers should continue to monitor the weather as the timing of this snowfall could impact both morning and evening rush hours. Overnight temperatures through Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-20s, so drivers should be aware of possible refreeze. See National Weather Service forecast.
Crews will pretreat roads during the day Sunday, including critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes. VDOT asks those drivers who are out Sunday to give tanker trucks and trailing safety vehicles room to work. Pretreatment vehicles are heavy, not as agile as passenger vehicles, and require a larger turning radius.
By Sunday night, plow trucks will stage along roadways, ready to treat roads once snow begins to fall.
Drivers are asked to:
- Stay closely tuned to weather forecasts (see National Weather Service) throughout the day Sunday into Monday.
- Consider adjusting trips around the forecast for safety.
- Assume any “wet” pavement to be slick. Bridges, ramps, overpasses and lower-volume roads may get slippery first, and even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with the low pavement temperatures.
- Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit. Here’s how: ready.gov/car.
- Be aware that low temperatures will mean continued potential for refreeze and slick road conditions.
Stay up-to-date on 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 for traffic conditions and lane closures
- Get more details on snow removal in Northern Virginia