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County Preps Roads for Saturday Storm

by Katie Pyzyk — December 28, 2012 at 10:30 am 1,973 19 Comments

Arlington County crews pretreating S. Glebe Road with brine (file photo)Arlington County is prepping roads ahead of a winter storm that could create icy conditions tomorrow (Saturday).

Crews are out today pre-treating roads with a brine solution. They’re focusing on primary (red) and secondary (blue) routes, which can be seen on the county’s online 2012-2013 snow map. Workers will deploy from 4:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. tomorrow to treat and plow roads as necessary during the storm.

Although areas north and west of D.C. may get around 4 inches of snow, significant accumulation isn’t expected in Arlington. The Capital Weather Gang’s forecast currently calls for a warm up on Saturday afternoon that should change the snow to rain or a wintry mix. However, a snow crew will remain on call through Sunday morning to treat icy roads in case a re-freeze occurs.

The Department of Environmental Services encourages residents to stay informed and to be prepared with extra food and water in case the storm worsens. Residents are also asked to avoid parking on the street, if possible, or to coordinate with neighbors to only park on one side of the street. Snow removal vehicles need a width of at least 15 feet to pass down a street.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the D.C. area, noting that it’s still unclear exactly where the worst of the storm will hit. An excerpt from the advisory follows:

.THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY…TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER…AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

A STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING WINTRY PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA LATE
TONIGHT. THE HIGHEST CONFIDENCE OF ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL RESIDES
ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND WHERE A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT. PLEASE REFER TO
WBCWSWLWX FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND
CONTINUES ON SATURDAY. FURTHER SOUTH INCLUDING THE GREATER
WASHINGTON METRO AREA…THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING
WHERE THE RAIN/SNOW LINE WILL SET UP AND EXACTLY HOW MUCH SNOW
WILL FALL. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MAY
NEED TO BE EXPANDED FURTHER SOUTH…SO PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED FOR PORTIONS OF THE WATERS
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY.

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  • Spandex Joe

    I wish ArlCo would treat the bike paths. How else will I get around?

    • 350sbc

      Walk.
      Riding a bike on a snow-covered path/road isn’t very smart due to low traction, and you should be responsible for your own stupidity if you ride.

      • irony detector

        Actually I think that was Mr. Spandex’s attempt at humor

  • novasteve

    DO NOT TAILGATE. Drive more slowly than you normally would, and don’t drive like an indy car racer. You aren’t that important that you need to get to your destination 30 seconds earlier than if you drove safely. If you were really that important, you’d have a driver or would be taking a helicopter.

    • wimmer201

      I would be so lost without your completely obvious driving tips.

      • novasteve

        If they were so obvious, why are there so many accidents in inclement weather here due to people not following my driving tips?

        • wimmer201

          Well clearly you’re going to have to figure out a way to spread your infinite wisdom to every single driver in the Arlington area. Only then will we all be truly safe on the roads.

          • fedworker

            He is. Doesn’t everyone read ArlNow?

        • brendan

          any tips for getting around in my helicopter?

  • Zimmerman

    That’s right. And all ya’ll residents better shovel your sidewalks or you’ll be fined. Cha Ching

    • Captain_Obvious

      So they’re gonna inspect every sidewalk in the county? Or are you gonna go around and narc on everyone? Also, please tell us what is a reasonable amount of time to shovel after the snow is falling? Do I have to shovel at 3am for fear someone might walk by my house? Or should I just stand outside the whole day and shovel every flake that immediately hits the sidewalk?

      • novasteve

        The 13th amendment doesn’t apply in Arlington.

        • xard

          sounds like a law school flunk out.

      • BBMS

        I’ll use the handy online tool provided by the county to narc on my neighbors. Let the chips fall where they may.

        • Zimmerman

          let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

        • Captain_Obvious

          of course you will. “Teacher, you forgot to give us homework”

      • brown before green

        24 hrs after the snow stops

      • JamesE

        Yes, the SS (sidewalk safety) patrol will be out in full force.

    • brendan

      if only residents could fine the county…. they’re by far the worse offenders of their own rule.

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