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Jennifer McCord
Ellen Kamilakis

March 12, 2017

VDOT Out in Force Ahead of Monday Snow
Give crews room as they prepare; Plan to be off roads early Monday to avoid inclement commute

FAIRFAX – Road crews are prepping for major snowfall to start during the evening commute Monday, and the Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers and residents do the same.

Crews are pre-treating interstates and high-volume roads with brine today, to help prevent snow from sticking when the storm begins. VDOT asks that drivers give these large, slow-moving tankers plenty of room.

By tomorrow afternoon, about 4,500 pieces of equipment will stage through the region to begin pushing snow once two inches of have fallen.

How you can prepare:

  • Try to complete essential errands and other plans for the week now, and continue to monitor evolving weather forecasts. Potential snow totals of a foot or more in northern/western suburbs would require several days after the storm ends to make all neighborhood streets passable.
  • Adjust schedules to be off roads before the evening rush hour Monday and overnight. This will help avoid being stuck on the roads when the storm begins, 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.

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.


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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