Ellen Kamilakis

Jan. 29, 2018

Drivers Should Prepare for Slick Roads Tuesday AM
Crews to treat roads for overnight wintry weather

FAIRFAX—After a warmer weekend, Virginia Department of Transportation crews are busy preparing for snow that is forecasted to fall starting early Tuesday morning through rush hour. Drivers should monitor forecasts and plan ahead for dropping temperatures and an impacted Tuesday morning commute. See National Weather Service forecast.

Crews will be pretreating roads today during the day and through rush hour with a special focus on critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes. VDOT asks drivers to give tanker trucks and trailing safety vehicles room to work. Pretreatment vehicles are heavy, not as agile as passenger vehicles, and require a larger turning radius.

Later today into tonight, trucks will stage along roadways, ready to treat roads with salt once snow begins to fall.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Stay closely tuned to weather forecasts (see National Weather Service) overnight and through the day tomorrow.
  • Consider teleworking or adjusting trips around the forecast. If conditions are icy, delay trips for safety.
  • Assume any “wet” pavement to be icy. Bridges, ramps, overpasses and lower-volume roads may ice first, and even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with the low pavement temperatures.
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit. Here’s how:

Stay up-to-date on current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

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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