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March 3, 2014

Northern Virginia drivers are urged to use extreme caution

FAIRFAX, 9 p.m.—As temperatures remain below freezing, Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow the state’s 18,000 lane miles in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. Major concerns for the a.m. rush hour are black ice and refreeze of leftover slush and snow.

Salt becomes ineffective at extremely low temperatures, so crews will remove as much snow as possible and spread sand for traction. Salt will help the melting process when traffic and sunlight warm the pavement again tomorrow.


  • Crews will aim to make at least one pass on N. Va.’s 16,000 neighborhood streets by tomorrow. Expect an eight-to ten-foot-wide path but not bare pavement. Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction.
  • Keep cars in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow room for plows.
  • Shovel driveways to the right facing the road. Leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back.

Tuesday morning:

  • Use extreme caution as pavement temperatures will be well below freezing.
  • Be aware of snow patches on turn lanes, shoulders, and outer edges of roadway.
  • Pay particular attention to ramps, bridges, overpasses and spots prone to freezing.

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