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March 4, 2014

Frigid temps and refreeze will be concern over coming days

FAIRFAX, Noon—Ice continues to be the major issue facing northern Virginia drivers and 2,000 Virginia Department of Transportation trucks today.

“Ice is unavoidable under these conditions,” said Branco Vlacich. “We ask drivers to be alert to changing conditions, even on cleared roads, as snow and slush will melt under traffic and sunlight and refreeze in frigid temperatures.”

Salt alone becomes ineffective below 20 degrees, but a salt/sand mix will be used in conjunction with traffic and sun to help the melting process and provide traction.

What drivers should know:

  • Be aware of ice and snow patches in turn lanes, shoulders, edges of roadways and on lower-volume roads.
  • Use extreme caution as many pavement temperatures are below freezing.
  • Pay particular attention to ramps, bridges, overpasses and areas prone to freezing.

 What residents should know:

  • Crews are addressing issues on the state’s 16,000 neighborhood streets in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties.
  • Plows are ineffective against ice on roads. Salt and sand will be used instead.
  • Expect an eight-to-ten-foot-wide path but not bare pavement. Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections for traction.
  • Continue to park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street for additional plow passes.
  • Shovel driveways to the right facing the road. Leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back.
  • If roads have not had a plow pass by 6 p.m., please report online or to 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).

Get more information:

  • Twitter: @vadotnova
  • Watch plows and check neighborhood progress in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William:
  • Real-time traffic info: 511 app, @511northernva and
  • Report road problems: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or
  • More info on northern Virginia’s snow removal program

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