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Jan. 2, 2014

Rain, snow and freezing road temps overnight

FAIRFAX─ Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for icy conditions expected from rain and up to several inches of snow in northern Virginia.

“The major concern is overnight icing on bridge decks and roadways,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia. “Be aware of black ice tomorrow morning—pavement temperatures will drop quickly tonight and remain well below freezing Friday.”

As rain is expected prior to snow, crews will treat problem areas such as bridges, hills, and curves with sand today in place of a traditional pre-treatment. Crews will also put down salt to mix with rain and help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement.

By 7 p.m. today, more than 1,250 trucks will be working to treat snow and ice on roads in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Once it has snowed two inches, residents can enter their address at to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.

Driving tips

VDOT reminds drivers to telework or delay travel when possible during winter weather, and:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges

Get more information

• Get details on northern Virginia’s snow removal program.
• Follow @vadotnova on Twitter for northern Virginia news, and @511northernva for real-time traffic updates.
• Use the 511 app or visit
• Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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