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VDOT Warns of Potentially Messy Evening Commute

vdot-logoExpect a sloppy evening commute, the Virginia Dept. of Transportation is telling Northern Virginia residents.

Forecasters say accumulating snow may start falling by mid-to-late afternoon. VDOT says its crews are out in force treating roads, but drivers should consider leaving work early.

From a press release:

The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking northern Virginia drivers to prepare for today’s afternoon commute, which is expected to be much more difficult than this morning as rain and wintry mix increases to snow throughout the day.

Drivers are asked to commute and travel in the early afternoon if possible, prior to 4 p.m., to get ahead of increasing precipitation and dropping pavement temperatures expected this evening.

Between the morning and afternoon rush hours today, crews will apply a light application of salt, or mix of salt and liquid magnesium chloride, to problem spots such as bridges, ramps, hills and overpasses on main roads and in neighborhoods. Crews will continue to treat roads through the evening rush and overnight tonight.

Bridge and pavement temperatures are forecasted to be at or below freezing from 6 p.m. today through mid-day Tuesday. Drivers are asked to use caution, particularly in neighborhoods where slick conditions may develop this evening.

About 900 trucks will remain on duty this evening throughout Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties.

Reminders and resources:

  • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, curves and overpasses
  • Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
  • Get more details on snow removal in northern Virginia
  • Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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