Friday, February 1, 2008

Icy Road Conditions Today

Be careful if you're out and about this morning. The overnight freezing rain has closed Loudoun County Public Schools today, Friday, February 1, due to the inclement weather.

Here's some driving tips from VDOT if you are going to be on the roads this morning:
  • Before you begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts. Visit Loudoun County Weather for a detailed forecast.
  • Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and/or snow.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
  • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
  • Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.

For a complete list of Virginia closings and delays, visit WTOP Radio.

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