County and state road crews are working to keep main roads clear as the snow falls today, but VDOT says conditions may get worse tonight when snow changes to sleet and freezing rain.
VDOT is advising drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, particularly this afternoon. From a press release:
Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow snow and treat roads across northern Virginia. Drivers are urged to stay home, as snow bursts quickly cover pavement between plow passes, and conditions are likely to deteriorate this afternoon when snow transitions to sleet and freezing rain. Through the evening, pavement temperatures are expected to remain several degrees colder than air temperatures, so that any precipitation will quickly freeze.
Close to 4,000 trucks will remain on duty through the day and overnight.
As Monday holidays tend to be popular travel days, VDOT asks that drivers strongly consider adjusting travel plans to avoid icy conditions.
If travel is absolutely necessary:
- Check www.511virginia.org or the mobile app before leaving for latest road conditions.
- Watch for black ice; brake and accelerate gently.
- Ensure headlights are on, windshield wipers are in good condition and fluid is full.
- Slow down and allow snow crews the right of way.
- Report road hazards or ask questions – 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or report a problem.