VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Ellen Kamilakis 703-259-2220


Jan. 15, 2022

Northern Virginia: Crews Ready for Sunday Wintry Weather
Residents asked to monitor forecasts, Plan ahead to avoid nonessential travel during winter weather and be aware of the potential for black ice and nightly refreeze

FAIRFAX - VDOT Northern Virginia crews are ready for snowfall and wintry precipitation that is forecast to significantly impact the region Sunday and Monday. Crews will begin the mobilization process Sunday morning.

As always, residents are asked to monitor forecasts, plan ahead to avoid nonessential travel during winter weather, and to be aware of the potential for black ice and nightly refreeze as temperatures remain below freezing.

What's Happening Now

  • See the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. The forecast includes a range of snow and ice accumulations across VDOT's Northern Virginia District, as well as wind gusts as high as 45 mph and below freezing temperatures. Please continue to monitor forecasts closely as forecasts can improve or worsen quickly.

  • Northern Virginia District crews began pretreating interstates, primaries, and high-volume secondary roads, along with bridges, ramps and overpasses with brine Friday and will finish Saturday.

  • Plan your trips now to avoid all nonessential travel on Sunday into Monday, especially during the height of the storm, to avoid deteriorating conditions and to allow crews room to work.

  • With more than 3,800 pieces of equipment to be deployed in the Northern Virginia District, crews will work around the clock on state-maintained roads, focusing on clearing roads that carry the most traffic first. These include interstates, primary roads, and routes connecting public safety and emergency services. Crews can then focus on neighborhoods and lower-volume roads.

Reminders for Residents and Drivers:

  • With forecasted winter storms coinciding with the return of students to college campuses around the Commonwealth this weekend, VDOT is reminding students and their families to plan move-in travel around winter weather this weekend.

  • In areas that are expected to receive higher accumulations of snow, park in driveways or on a single side of the street to allow a wider path for plows.

  • Wind gusts will possibly bring down trees, branches, and power lines. Tree removal crews will be deployed to remove trees from the roadway.

  • To report downed trees or other debris in the road, residents can contact the Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or my.vdot.virginia.gov.

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