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County Road Crews Prepare for Snowy Commute

by ARLnow.com February 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm 2,940 35 Comments

With snow expected during tonight’s evening commute, Arlington County road crews have been placed on alert and are poised to treat roads when the white stuff starts falling.

Crews are also pre-treating roads with salt and brine this afternoon in preparation for the winter weather, according to the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services.

The Office of Personnel Management announced this morning that federal employees may use unscheduled leave to go home early today, if desired.

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  • CrystalMikey

    What an off the wall winter we are having. I found it so strange to be driving on 50 yesterday in FFAX with the brine treatment visibly on the road, while it was in the mid 50s.

  • awh hells bells

    Punxsatawney Phil appears to be more of a bellwether than we give him credit for. Who is the patron saint for driving in adverse weather? Safe travels on the road tonight!

  • E

    TIghten up NOVA, it’s a weak front coming through, please just relax and drive, jese. Any new stores opening up or diners, ARLNOW?

  • DarkHeart

    Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.

    • jslanger

      Is that Calvin & Hobbes? If so, love it.

    • Josh S

      Hilarious. Poor kids.

  • Edgar

    It’s fine. This snow is nothing. Keep calm all.

  • I had better run out now to get bread, milk, and toilet paper!

  • Arlingtonian

    I find the way drivers around here react to a small dusting of snow, much more hazardous than driving in the snow itself.

    • Josh S

      Ladies and gentlemen, your early front runner for most cliched comment on ARLnow this year!!

      • Sam

        Agreed. Though the bread, milk and toilet paper comments are also really played out as well.

      • Arlingtonian

        LOL … you don’t think all the brown flip flop comments this site gets year round will beat mine out? (and what do I get if I win? bread and toilet paper?)

        • Josh S

          Perfect prize!

      • drax

        It’s a cliche EVERYWHERE. Has been for decades.

      • AllenB

        I dunno… I think the bread, milk and toilet paper comments are the most overplayed, cliched ones here.

  • R. Griffon

    I really, REALLY want just one good big snow this winter. Not just a snow, I want a blizzard. An honest to goodness, full blown, close-the-government-for-a-month kind of Snowpocolypse level snowstorm. Just once to make up for the lack of any real snow this year.

    And sadly this won’t even be close.

    • R. Griffon

      er, WEEK. I meant close the gov’t for a WEEK.

      • Josh S

        Jeez, you had me worried there. Can you imagine if the world were watching satellite pictures of a icebreaker leading a Russian freighter up the Potomac to bring us milk, bread and toilet paper?

        I’d be happy with 4 inches.

        Of course, I think that one winter of nothing followed by a winter with snowpocalypes is what we’ve got from now on. Global warming begins to really setlle in….

        (Hopefully this comment won’t get deleted by the ARLnow censors, obviously sensitive to political comments these days…..)

        • ScoresMan

          I’d be happy with 4 inches.

          -Robin Quivers

    • Ali

      Agreed. Some semblance of winter please!

      • nunya


  • Quoth the Raven

    You have to love Virginia – we’re supposed to get a tiny bit of snow that isn’t even supposed to stick, yet our trusty road crews are pouring tons of salt on the roads. What a great idea!! I wonder what happens to all that salt when it rains….probably nothing, I guess.

    • drax

      It certainly doesn’t corrode our bridges and cars and pollute our waterways.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Lucky! Because that would make spraying salt all over the place when you don’t need it a bad idea!

        • It covers somebody’s a** however just in case the storm stalls and actually sticks to the roads. Imagine the critics if none of the salt was applied and it actually snowed hard. Wait, it wasn’t that long ago that lots of commuters could not get home.

      • Let’s not forget hurt our puppy dog’s paws!

  • arlcatowner


    • arlcat

      meow meow snow

  • novasteve

    Don’t bother going to the Courthouse CVS for TP and milk, I purchased it all in an extreme panic. I hope you find some elsewhere!

  • nom de guerre

    It is a common perception that people rush out to buy milk, bread and TP. If you check with anyone who works at a grocery store you will learn that the most popular items purchased prior to and/or during a snowstorm are beer, wine, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    i was wondering why the roads had already been treated LAST NIGHT on my commute home.

    btw, I really would like some more reporting on the new stuff being put on the roads — the striped lines of chemical. Never seen that before in this area. Did they get a good deal? Finally find the right thing?

  • truth be told



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