Wednesday, February 24, 2010

VDOT Crews Preparing for Snow and Heavy Winds Tonight and Tomorrow

Loudoun County drivers asked to use caution tonight through tomorrow morning's rush hour

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for one to four inches of snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour in northern Virginia tonight and tomorrow. Overnight tonight, more than 600 trucks will monitor and treat roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, ramping up to almost 1,000 trucks by 8 a.m. With the heavy winds forecasted, tree crews will also be on hand to clear broken and fallen limbs blocking roads.

Since yesterday, crews have pre-treated trouble spots on interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495—including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 in Gainesville and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1—with liquid magnesium chloride. Other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, have been pre-treated with salt brine.

Drivers are asked to use caution while driving overnight tonight and tomorrow morning, as heavy winds may limit visibility.

Motorists can check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before leaving tomorrow by visiting or by calling 511. For more information on how VDOT prepares for snow, visit

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