Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
3:30 p.m. update
Jan. 27, 2011
NORTHERN VIRGINIA ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVING
Cautious afternoon commute is in order; be alert to tow trucks and snow removal equipment
FAIRFAX ― While the afternoon commute will require caution, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports improving road conditions throughout northern Virginia today. Many abandoned vehicles have been towed to roadsides and off-ramps by state and local police, and drivers should be alert to these cars encroaching into travel lanes.
This afternoon, interstates are mostly clear, but motorists are cautioned for possible icy patches, some narrowed lanes, and snow removal equipment in action. Secondary and subdivision street conditions range from moderate to minor, meaning most are passable but may still have slush, icy spots or remain partially snow-covered.
Tonight, 2,200 trucks will continue working to plow and address refreeze issues, with the goal of making all Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William subdivision streets passable for the a.m. rush tomorrow. Crews treating roads with salt and sand will also help prepare for the light snow expected to begin in the early morning.
VDOT reminds residents to shovel driveways to the right (when facing the street) to help prevent crews from plowing them back in. Also, residents should park in driveways if possible, or on the odd-numbered side of the street to give snowplows the most room to clear.
VDOT encourages motorists to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511.
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