Please be aware that winter weather is expected to impact Northern Virginia beginning Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, from 7 p.m., February 12th to 10 p.m., February 13th, for Northern Virginia with five or more inches of snow forecast. Snowfall is expected to begin on Wednesday evening and could be heavy at times. Winds of 15-25 mph are forecast, with gusts around 35 mph.
The following information should help you prepare for the storm.
Currently, crews are treating interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals. Crews will be out in force overnight and through the duration of the storm, treating icy roads and plowing snow.
During the storm, motorists should avoid driving on the roads. About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.
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.
Road priorities and neighborhood snowplow tracker
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes – interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets.
VDOT has activated a web-based neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in Northern Virginia neighborhoods when it snows two inches or more. Available at http://www.vdotplows.org/, VDOT will be testing the tracker concept in other parts of the state this year to determine which regions are best suited for the wireless technology required for the system.
For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
Emergencies, Reporting Outages & Traffic Issues
Emergency contact information for reporting utility outages and traffic problems, as well as general information is as follows:
To check road conditions, you can call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.
Fairfax County Police- non-emergency number: 703-691-2131
If you have any need for assistance and/or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (804) 698-1042 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.