Thursday, February 21, 2008

VDOT Preparing for Today's Anticipated Snow

As the clipper storm approaches the Northern Virginia area today, the Virginia Department of Transportation has launched their upgraded snow emergency plan, focusing on the bridges and overpasses, particularly at the Springfield Interchange. The increased efforts for the Springfield Interchange include pre-treating the ramps and bridges with 15 trucks with salt and sand, and four liquid magnesium tankers. The trucks are pre-positioned at the ramps and bridges throughout the interchange and will treat the roadways well in advance of any precipitation.

Throughout the day today, VDOT will be deploying 722 salt and sand trucks throughout the Northern Virginia area, focusing on bridges, overpasses and icy spots. In addition to the 114 trucks covering the interstates, there will be 101 trucks in Loudoun County.

VDOT is also encouraging travelers to observe the following winter driving tips:

  • Make sure your vehicle is winter ready.
  • Keep an emergency driving kit in your car and wear your seatbelt.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • When driving on ice, don?t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
  • Know the conditions! Before heading out, call 511 for the latest road condition information or visit

For more Loudoun County weather information, visit

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