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Arlington Bracing for Winter Weather Tonight

by ARLnow.com — January 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm 3,251 24 Comments

The D.C. area is under a Winter Weather Advisory tonight as an approaching storm is expected to drop snow, sleet and freezing rain on the region.

Forecasters say the precipitation will begin around 11:00 tonight, starting off as snow and sleet before transitioning to freezing rain overnight. The weather event is expected to end as plain rain around 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. Locally, snow and sleet accumulation could total up to an inch, with up to 1/10 inch of freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Arlington County crews are preparing for the winter weather by pre-treating main roads with salt brine (see photo) to guard against icy conditions. Still, the county is asking residents to avoid unnecessary car trips during the storm.

“Team members and their equipment will be on standby overnight and will remain so until the weather event turns to full rain,” said  Arlington Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel. “Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads due to the potential for hazardous conditions.”

Photo courtesy Arlington DES

  • CrystalMikey

    Anyone else wishing for the heat of summer? Or the warmth of a mid-spring day.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I sure am! I hate winter!

      • Andrew

        Yup…the cold weather has lost its luster (which it only had for about 2 days). Ready for some warmer (but not too hot!) temps.

    • CourthouseChris

      Not me – I feel gypped out of a proper snowstorm. I for one miss 09′s Snowmageddon of and 10′s Snowpocalypse. Bring on the snow!

      • CW

        Me too. We get 6 months of 90-degree days. I could use a snow shower or two.

      • Andrew

        still time for that…

    • speonjosh

      Yikes. This is about the mildest winter I can remember. In fact, I don’t think it’s even fair to call it winter. It’s been more like Spring.

    • truth be told

      I’m ready for the beach!

  • Bluemontsince1961

    At least it isn’t happening at 6-9 a.m. or 4-7 p.m. on a weekday, so we can be glad for that, at least.

    • CrystalMikey

      Very true!

    • TGEoA

      Why do you hate kids?

  • DarkHeart

    We are so effed.

  • courthound

    The dangerous part of this storm is the ice. I can deal with snow but is a whole different story.

    • CW

      Yep. 1/10th of an inch of freezing rain is as dangerous as a foot.

  • Stoneridge Knoll

    Check on the folks in Donaldson Run.

    • Arlingtonian

      I thought it washed away in the last storm.

  • Typical DC area Resident

    Ahhh…I’m just seeing this now!! I can only hope I am not too late to get to the grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and toilet paper. I might not be able to leave my house for a week or more with this impending natural disaster.

    • Geebs

      ^ like

    • truth be told

      You are too late. The shelves are picked clean.

  • Rick

    I will be bracing by installing new, brighter headlights to light people up who go 11 mph on glebe road.

  • charlie

    so what is this new stuff that our streets have been treated with — by 6 PM tonight everything in 22207 had been treated with some sort of chemical that dried to the pavement.

    • Hikin’ the pike.

      Trying to protect Donaldson Run.

    • CrystalMikey

      Probably a brine solution.

  • Sal

    What sunrises me is that the sidewalks on road overpasses are not taken care of. I think these are County property.
    Specifically … the Carlin Springs Road overpass of George Mason..side walks not clean and this is a commuter walk to the metro, the George Mason overpass of 66..really icy and this is a walking path near the Hospital and Globe Road over 66…again a commuter walkway to the Ballston Metro. Its bad enough that citizens are cleaning there walks 24not hrs after the snow but the County appears the biggest offender.

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