(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) Freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation overnight has made for slippery conditions around Arlington Monday morning.
With many locals working from home already, traffic around Arlington is light. Thanks to the efforts of snow crews, main roads are mostly wet and side streets have been treated. Few crashes have been reported since sunrise, but that might also be attributable to people staying at home.
Still, caution is being urged.
“Overnight crews have been treating known slick areas but caution is advised for those who must drive this morning. Go slow,” wrote Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services this morning.
8:20a: Use extreme caution walking/driving as untreated surfaces are ICED OVER. Temps still in the mid-20s to near 30 and scattered light wintry mix continues in parts of region.
Updated forecast: https://t.co/uWdAOfmGQt pic.twitter.com/N04yVPdTHA
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) February 1, 2021
County crews are currently in Phase 4 of the snow removal effort, “following up on problem areas, schools and other county facilities.” Many sidewalks, including those maintained by the county, are icy and treacherous.
Hey @ArlingtonDES @APSVirginia in our urban corridors it’s important you shovel the sidewalks surrounding parks and schools too even if they aren’t open – a lot of us walk to get our coffee and get on metro 🙂I know you have until tonight but the sooner the better! pic.twitter.com/f6wQpyDYpk
— Nicole Merlene (@NicoleMerleneVA) February 1, 2021
Due to the wintry conditions, residential trash and recycling collection has been cancelled today. Collection will resume tomorrow and take place a day after one’s normal waste collection day.
CANCELED: Residential curbside trash and recycling collection is canceled today due to inclement weather. Collections have been pushed one day this week, to include metal, e-waste, and cart requests. Questions? Call 703-228-5000. #ArlWX pic.twitter.com/yUey8cecBn
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) February 1, 2021
Another cancellation today: vaccine appointments. While the county worked throughout the weekend to reschedule the appointments of those formerly set to receive vaccines from Virginia Hospital Center, another round of cancellations is taking place today due to the weather.
“Due to the impending winter weather, the Arlington vaccine clinics scheduled for Monday, February 1 have been cancelled in the interest of client and staff safety,” says the county’s website. “ALL individuals who have scheduled times for Monday WILL be rescheduled as early as possible.”
That prompted the following Twitter exchange with County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti this morning.
Did 800 Saturday in advanced planning. Working to do more. Safety of volunteers and those above 75 who are significant part of the focus was part of our thinking. More to do for sure, but this is why. Resuming tomorrow morning.
— Matt de Ferranti (@Matt4Arlington) February 1, 2021
Arlington Public Schools, meanwhile, has been mostly operating remotely, but even virtual students are not attending classes today as a result of a pre-scheduled grade preparation day. APS buildings, nonetheless, are closed for sports and other activities due to the weather.
While the bulk of the precipitation fell on Sunday, Arlington may see a bit more later today. A Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with forecasters warning of continued slippery conditions outside.
More from the National Weather Service:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST TUESDAY…
* WHAT…MIXED PRECIPITATION. ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO TWO INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH.
* WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA.
* WHEN…UNTIL 9 AM EST TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE.
SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING.
WHEN VENTURING OUTSIDE, WATCH YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TAKEN ON STEPS, SIDEWALKS, AND DRIVEWAYS, WHICH COULD BE ICY AND SLIPPERY, INCREASING YOUR RISK OF A FALL AND INJURY.
Yesterday’s snowfall was Arlington’s biggest in two years, despite clocking in at a disappointing two inches of accumulation. It did, however, lead to plenty of outdoor fun for cooped-up kids, and some beautiful scenes across the county, like the one below.
— Tom Mockler (@TomMockler) January 31, 2021