Ellen Kamilakis

Feb. 16, 2018

Prepare for Snowy Saturday Despite Warm Friday
Crews to pretreat roads overnight

FAIRFAX—After a warm end of the week, Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for snow and sleet that is forecasted to fall starting midday Saturday. Drivers should monitor forecasts and plan ahead for dropping temperatures. See National Weather Service forecast.

Crews will take advantage of favorable conditions to pretreat roads overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes remain a focus. VDOT asks those drivers who are out overnight 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.

By lunchtime Saturday, plow trucks will stage along roadways, ready to treat roads once snow and sleet begin to fall.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Stay closely tuned to weather forecasts (see National Weather Service) overnight and through the day tomorrow.
  • Consider 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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