IMMEDIATE - 8 p.m.

Jennifer McCord
Kathleen Leonard

March 13, 2017

Northern Virginia Drivers Asked to Stay Off Roads
VDOT crews out in force for overnight snow

FAIRFAX (8 p.m.) – As a winter storm enters the region, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers stay off the roads tonight, and to refrain from driving through the snow’s end tomorrow. Road conditions will deteriorate rapidly as pavement temperatures drop and snow begins to accumulate.

About 4,500 pieces of equipment are stationed through northern Virginia, with crews working twelve-hour shifts until all roads are clear.

Crews treated interstates and high-volume roads yesterday in advance and this morning to help prevent snow from bonding with the pavement. Crews will treat roads with salt and sand, and will begin to plow once about two inches have fallen.

What residents and drivers can do:

  • Stay off the roads through the storm to avoid being caught in dangerous conditions, and to allow crews room to work more safely and efficiently.
  • Park in driveways, or coordinate with neighbors to park on the same side of the road. This will allow a larger path when plows begin to focus on neighborhood streets. Check out these snow-shoveling tips to make clearing your driveway easier.
  • Plan for at least a day or two at home. Potential higher snow totals in the northern and western suburbs could require several days after the storm ends to make all neighborhood streets passable.

Bookmark VDOT’s resources to stay informed before, during and after the storm:

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Arlington*, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. *Arlington maintains its own secondary roads.

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