The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday, for Northern Virginia with four to six inches of snow forecast. Snowfall is expected to begin around between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., ending between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Winds of 5-15 mph are forecast, with gusts around 25 mph.
Currently, VDOT crews are treating interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals. They will be out in force overnight and through the duration of the storm, treating icy roads and plowing snow.
Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:
- Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
- Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car
- Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
- Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information
- You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center
- When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down.
VDOT has a web-based neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in our neighborhoods when it snows two inches or more– http://www.vdotplows.org/.
For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
To check road conditions, you can call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.