|IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m.
Jan. 7, 2018
Drivers Asked to Prepare for Icy Monday Afternoon
Monitor forecasts and plan commutes accordingly
FAIRFAX—The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to stay closely tuned to forecasts and to plan ahead for commutes Monday, as an expected wintry mix is predicted to create icy conditions through the afternoon into Tuesday. See National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Commuting Hazard. Roads were thoroughly pre-treated last week and crews will retreat critical locations such as ramps and bridges tomorrow as temperatures allow. Trucks will prestage along roadways, ready to treat roads with salt and sand through the afternoon rush hour and overnight.
Due to low pavement temperatures, any precipitation will quickly stick to roads. Drivers are asked to adjust trips as needed to avoid driving in icy conditions. 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. There is no safe strategy for driving on ice.
- 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: www.ready.gov/car.
- Be aware that low temperatures will mean continued potential for refreeze and slick road conditions.
Stay up-to-date on current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:
- Visit www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources from VDOT in northern Virginia
- Follow @vadotnova on Twitter
- Check http://www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for traffic conditions and lane closures
- Get more details on snow removal in northern Virginia
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