Ellen Kamilakis

Dec. 15, 2017

Potential for Icy Roads Friday Afternoon
Drivers should monitor forecast, consider adjusting commute times

FAIRFAX—Virginia Department of Transportation crews are mobilizing today as the National Weather Service issued a forecast showing the potential for snow during evening rush hour.

Maintenance crews are pretreating some roads and bridges this morning, to supplement brining done earlier this week. Crews will be fully mobilized and staged by noon and will treat problem areas with salt and sand as needed throughout evening rush hour.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Continue to check weather forecasts as storm timing, area, and intensity can change. Temperatures are below freezing now and are only predicted to peak at 33 degrees around 4 p.m. before immediately dropping below freezing again.
  • Remember that Friday afternoon rush hour begins much earlier than the rest of the week. Consider making your trips early, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and if conditions are icy, avoid driving for safety.
  • Watch for plow trucks. They are very heavy and drive slower in order to treat roads effectively.
  • Do not overdrive conditions. Assume all roads that appear wet are slick.
  • Reduce your speed and always use your headlights.
  • Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
  • Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full.

Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

Before heading out, take time to update the emergency kit in your car. Here’s how:

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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