Winter Storm Warning

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.

Dave

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