Meltwater from the wet spring snow that fell today may refreeze overnight, leading to treacherous conditions Thursday morning.
That’s the message from VDOT, which issued the following press release this evening.
As snow tapers off across northern Virginia and temperatures hover at or below freezing, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to be aware of potential icy conditions overnight and through tomorrow.
Crews will continue working overnight to clear roads, providing a passable path in neighborhoods as well as retreating all roads for refreeze. VDOT asks drivers to use extreme caution or delay overnight trips if possible, to ensure crews are able to work safely and efficiently.
Drivers are asked to continue to monitor weather and to use extreme caution if driving. Low temperatures over the next several days will mean potential for continued refreeze, slick spots and varying road conditions.
Drivers are reminded:
- Stay tuned to weather conditions (see latest from National Weather Service).
- If existing conditions refreeze and roads become icy, delay trips for safety, or allow plenty of extra time and reduce speeds significantly.
- Assume any “wet” pavement could be slick. Even previously treated roads become slick quickly with low pavement and air temperatures.
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
- Ensure gas tanks and wiper fluid tanks are full and completely clean off vehicles before traveling.