Good news! The storm is over and no more snow is predicted in our area. Many of the main roads have been cleared, but VDOT is still working to clear all of them, including neighborhood roads, and will be for the next few days. Fairfax County Public Schools have announced closures on Monday and Tuesday, and VDOT is continuing to encourage people to stay indoors while the crews work on the roads. To give crews a chance to finish their plow assignments, VDOT has asked that residents wait 48 hours after the storm is over before reporting “missed” roads.
As the temperature is rising and snow is melting, it is very important that everyone be cautious of the ice that will form tonight when the temperature drops again. Please be sure to watch where you walk outside and, if you must drive, be careful of ice on the roads.
Should you need to travel on the Metro, please not that there have been changes made to the schedule and routes due to the storm. Metro announced the restoration of limited service on Metrorail and Metrobus as the region digs out from the historic Blizzard of 2016.
The Metrorail system will open at 7 a.m. with limited underground service on the Red, Orange and Green lines as follows:
- Orange Line: Ballston to Eastern Market only
- Red Line: Medical Center to Union Station only
- Green Line: Fort Totten to Anacostia only
At the start of service, trains will run every 20-25 minutes. Service levels may be upgraded as conditions allow. The system will remain open until midnight. Fares will not be charged on Metrorail on Monday, January 25.
- Metrobus service will operate Monday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on “Lifeline Service,” meaning SERVICE WILL BE LIMITED TO 22 ROUTES ONLY. Additionally, many of these routes will operate on snow emergency routes only to keep vehicles off hilly terrain, narrow side streets and other problem areas. Details will be posted at wmata.com and sent via MetroAlerts.
- Buses will operate from origin points every 30 minutes on a “clockface” schedule with departures at :00 and :30 each hour. The last trips will depart at 5 p.m. and operate to the end of the route.
- Fares will not be charged on Metrobus on Monday, January 25.
The Lifeline Service bus routes are as follows. Note that these buses will operate on Snow Emergency Routes only:
- District of Columbia: 32, 33, 36, 53, 70, 90, A6, A8, P12, S4, U8, X2
- Maryland: C4, D12, K6, Q2, V4, Y2, Z8
- Virginia: 16A, 16E, 28A
IMPORTANT: Service changes are possible due to road conditions. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates.
Due to expected road conditions, all MetroAccess service is SUSPENDED on Monday, January 25. Service will be restored when it is safe to do so; however, a time for service restoration is not yet known.
Our area handled the storm exceptionally well, and Dominion reported that the number of power outages was well below the average. I especially want to thank all of the first responders, police, and public safety officers who helped to keep us safe during the storm.
VDOT invites contractors with loaders, motor graders and operators to contact VDOT Northern Virginia’s procurement office at 703-259-3240.
Other VDOT resources:
- Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
- Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
- If you are shoveling your driveway, view this video for helpful tips.
Keep staying safe and warm!