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VDOT, Federal Gov’t Prepare for Freezing Rain

by ARLnow.com January 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm 5,570 23 Comments

VDOT has deployed salt trucks and the federal government has delayed its opening in advance of expected freezing rain tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Monday. Forecasters say periods of freezing rain will leave a trace to a tenth of an inch of ice on local roadways before tomorrow’s morning rush hour.

VDOT says it’s prepared to treat slick spots overnight.

“About 770 trucks are patrolling roads in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, continuously treating icy spots such as ramps, bridges, elevated surfaces and other problem areas,” VDOT said in a press release. “With icy road conditions expected during rush hour, VDOT recommends motorists consider teleworking or delaying travel until after 10 a.m. Monday.”

The federal government, meanwhile, has told its hundreds of thousands of D.C. area employees to stay off the roads until at least 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

“Due to expected icy conditions, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management recommends that Federal employees remain off the road until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23,” OPM said in a statement. “Federal Government offices will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. Employees who commute to the office will be granted excused absence for the delayed arrival. Employees have the option to use unscheduled leave and/or unscheduled telework for the entire workday in lieu of a delayed arrival.”

  • JimPB


    • TGE0A

      Pepper? I thought they used salt?

  • JimPB

    You’re right — VDOT, Fed Gov PREPARE

    Actually, VDOT and the other local and state jurisdictions do the preparation and street care work. Fed Govt. only delays opening.

  • thecharlesriver

    who cares?

  • Rick

    Perhaps we could just spray change on the ground since the temperature will rise above freezing sometime around 2 and climb to 36 by 7am…

  • C. Little

    The sky is falling.

  • Rick


    I don’t know how long this is gonna take to thaw, but I got time

  • Dirk Digler

    It’s not bad at all out there….

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    I went running at 5 am and walked to the Metro at 7 am this morning. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the roads right now.

    a tad over reaction right now.

    I do have two complaints as a runner (and bicyclist). The Key Bridge this morning was still crusted with ice on the pedestrian walk (I know this is DCs responsibility). But in Arlington, the Custis trail/Lee Highway overpass (westbound) pedestrian walk was also crusted with an inch of ice.

    in the words of GOB…. “Come on!” it’s been 2 1/2 days and arlington or DC has not cleared the main pedestrian routes!!!!

    • thecharlesriver

      Get used to it as the budget is crunched. Jogging and bike paths are not a priority over many other things.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      Mr River,

      I prefer to call them pedestrian commuter routes, since that’s what they are primarily used for.

      The first person to slip and crack their skull will be taking even more money from Arl County.

      a county by the way that imposes clear sidewalk rules on homeowners during snowfall.

      • CW

        While I agree with you wholeheartedly, the county does not – sidewalks and trails are always their last priority.

        I would like someone to start a website where people can post names, addresses, and pictures of homeowners and especially businesses that don’t clear their walks.

        • snowman

          worst I ever saw was that ASC car lot on Highland and Tenth. During Snowmageddon they had someone clear their entire lot and dump it all onto the sidewalk and street. I really hope they were fined for that.

          Similarly a home under contruction on 7th st had a backhoe come and dig out the new construction…..and dump it all onto the sidewalk!! it was the only sidewalk that was not cleared the whole time – yet they had a backhoe!

      • thecharlesriver

        Well if the county can be successfully sued each time one of the NoVA dummies slips and falls in the snow or ice, they will be doling out a lot of dough.

      • thecharlesriver

        And when it comes to pedestrian commuter routes versus M/V commuter routes, which do you think will take priority with limited resources?

    • OX4

      It’s a good thing you don’t work at the NWS. “Who needs a freezing advisory? My personal commute was fine, therefore every roadway and walkway within a 20 mile radius is fine as well!”

      • Josh S


  • charlie

    i think the federal government should go in two hours late every day.
    what a great commute, never had to slow down. zipped right thru Clarendon.
    WOO HOO!!

    • It was a piece of cake today! It just shows you what impacts a bloated government has! LOL.

  • Nothing but salt water on the ground this morning. The folks up north laugh at us.

    • Justin Russo

      Just like we laugh at them when they whine about their 85 degree “heat waves”.

  • Tabs

    After OPM was criticized for Commuteageddon (6 hours to get home, thanks), OPM wasn’t taking any chances.

    I have to say I was very happy to see the 16Y running later in response to the 2-hour delay.

  • Ty

    lazy lazy lazy government workers!


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