VDOT News - Northern Virginia


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Ellen Kamilakis

Jenni McCord


Jan. 7, 2020

Drivers Asked to Plan for Afternoon Winter Weather
Drivers should monitor conditions

FAIRFAX - VDOT asks that drivers plan now for winter weather that is expected to impact today's afternoon rush hour.

What's Happening Now

  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire Northern Virginia District. Read the latest from the National Weather Service or follow on Twitter @NWS_BaltWash.
  • Area meteorologists are forecasting a heavy, wet snow to begin as early as 1 p.m. and lasting into the evening. Intense bands of snow are possible with periods of limited visibility. Drivers are asked to prepare now for impacts throughout the day. 
  • Crews have pre-treated trouble spots in higher elevations. Drivers will begin to see trucks staging throughout the region this morning to prepare to plow and treat roads as needed. Follow @vadotnova on Twitter for the latest.
  • Several local school systems have announced closures or early dismissals. Drivers are asked to be aware that rush-hour volumes are expected to begin earlier than usual today, while snow bands are making their way across the area.

VDOT Asks Drivers To: 

  • Continue to closely monitor weather, as forecasts can improve or worsen quickly. Stay tuned to local media for the real-time status of weather bands before traveling, due to the likelihood of limited visibility.
  • If road conditions become hazardous, delay travel for your safety and to give trucks time to treat roads. Leave earlier or delay trips to avoid driving during the height of the storm. 
  • Before traveling, check road conditions along your route at www.511virginia.org, on the free app for Apple and Android, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.
  • Be aware of the potential for slick spots on areas prone to freezing such as bridges, ramps and overpasses.
  • Allow extra time for trips, brake lightly, and allow plenty of following distance. Ensure enough gas and plenty of wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, an emergency car kit, and always use your headlights.
  • Give trucks plenty of room to work, because they are large, heavy and slow.



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