Albeit a light snow coating across Northern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) remains on duty and reminds drivers that sustained low temperatures over the next several days mean continued refreeze and potential for slick road conditions.
Through the day today, crews will continue to treat roads, including using a sand mix on curves and hills in neighborhoods. VDOT asks drivers to avoid unnecessary trips and give heavy, slow-moving treatment trucks room to work.
Drivers are asked to:
- Stay tuned to weather (see National Weather Service snow totals and forecast).
- If conditions are icy, avoid or delay trips for safety. Otherwise, allow plenty of extra time and reduce speeds significantly.
- Assume any pavement may be slick. Crews are unable to plow a light coating, and even previously treated roads become slick quickly with low pavement and air temperatures.
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
- Ensure gas tanks and wiper fluid tanks are full.
Stay up-to-date on current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:
- Visit www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources from VDOT in northern Virginia
- Check http://www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for traffic conditions and lane closures
- Get more details on snow removal in northern Virginia
Before heading out, take time to update your car’s emergency kit. Here’s how: www.ready.gov/car