Update at 2:15 p.m. — “Please plan to leave work early today,” VDOT’s Northern Virginia office said via Twitter this afternoon.
Folks— we need to get safety-stern with you now. Pls plan to leave work early today. This storm will definitely impact rush hour. Don’t assume a smaller accumulation won’t cause problems. Our plows need room to roll to be able to properly clear roads. pic.twitter.com/wZasjfu5sm
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) January 17, 2019
Earlier: Arlington will be under a Winter Weather Advisory tonight and early Friday as some snow threatens to disrupt the upcoming evening and morning commutes.
The National Weather Service says about an inch of accumulation is expected, potentially resulting in slick roads and sidewalks.
More from NWS:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST FRIDAY… * WHAT…SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND ONE INCH EXPECTED. * WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA. * WHEN…FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST FRIDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS AND SIDEWALKS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE EVENING COMMUTE AFTER SUNSET AS TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1. &&
Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services says it is adding “extra response shifts” tonight to help keep roadways clear, though salt residue already on the roads will serve double duty as pre-treatment this time around.
Arlington Public Schools has, in turn, canceled all after-school and evening activities Thursday night. Arlington’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation has canceled a number of activities, as well:
- All Enjoy Arlington classes, 55+ classes and nature center programs with start times of 5 p.m. or later are cancelled in all buildings.
- Sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in APS buildings are cancelled.
- Sports league activities in all community centers and other County facilities will proceed as scheduled.
- DPR Teen after school programs will proceed as scheduled.
- All Community Centers (including joint use facilities located at Drew, Carver, Gunston, Langston and Thomas Jefferson) will remain open.
- For information regarding the status of the Arlington Aquatic Centers, please check here.
More via Twitter:
Also, there is enough residue from the 3500 tons of salt used from this last storm to act as pretreatment for an event tomorrow. A primer on storm prep/phases: https://t.co/JnvPU3tlvu pic.twitter.com/El9TPnLlbl
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) January 16, 2019
Thu, Jan 17, 2019: All APS After-School & Evening Activities Canceled
All APS after-school and evening activities are canceled on Thu, Jan. 17. Fore more information, visit: https://t.co/tLXvopXISi
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) January 17, 2019
Crews will be staged ahead of rush hour for snow during today’s PM commute. Pls leave work early (yay!) if you can. Storms during rush hour, even with little accumulation, have a huge impact on the roads. Also watch for overnight freeze for tomorrow’s AM rush. 🥶❄️ pic.twitter.com/fP8I3IWmrT
— VDOT Northern VA 😷 (@VaDOTNOVA) January 17, 2019
Accumulating snow is expected late today and overnight. Winter Weather Advisories have been expanded over the DC and Baltimore metro areas. Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions. pic.twitter.com/ic5R5D1L6H
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 17, 2019