Light snowflakes fell on Arlington County in the early afternoon, with some sticking to grassy areas.
The snow began around lunchtime, and at 1:30 p.m. the National Weather Service tweeted that the main concern is a “thin slippery layer on untreated roads.” Anyone driving home this afternoon and evening should be careful of any slick conditions.
Snow accumulated mostly around the bases of trees and on places where people were not walking, with many sidewalks slick but not seeing much accumulation.
NWS issued a Special Weather Statement around 11 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) warning of a hazardous commute.
1:30pm – Light snow & snow pellets continue across the region. Traffic cameras in north-central Maryland show light accumulation beginning on road shoulder areas. A thin slippery layer on untreated roads is the main concern this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/lh5e8gO8Br
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) December 15, 2017
The Virginia Department of Transportation pre-treated roads earlier today, and will continue to do so as needed through the evening rush hour, as will local crews from the county’s Department of Environmental Services.
In a press release, VDOT urged drivers to:
- Continue to check weather forecasts as storm timing, area, and intensity can change. Temperatures are below freezing now and are only predicted to peak at 33 degrees around 4 p.m. before immediately dropping below freezing again.
- Remember that Friday afternoon rush hour begins much earlier than the rest of the week. Consider making your trips early, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and if conditions are icy, avoid driving for safety.
- Watch for plow trucks. They are very heavy and drive slower in order to treat roads effectively.
- Do not overdrive conditions. Assume all roads that appear wet are slick.
- Reduce your speed and always use your headlights.
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
- Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full.
The Capital Weather Gang reported that snow could continue to fall for another couple of hours in some areas.
Low temps and wet snow/sleet are a good recipe for icy surfaces.
Take it slow and steady, no matter how you're getting around today. https://t.co/JgH9j3lJ5u
— BikeArlington (@BikeArlington) December 15, 2017