Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Snow in the Forecast -- Drive Safe and Allow Extra Time for Commute

With snow in the forecast, Loudoun County officials remind everyone to stay safe.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory effective for Loudoun County through 8 p.m. this evening.  Snowfall accumulations of one to three inches are expected, higher amounts being further west.    

The Office of Personnel Management has issued a statement that the federal government is open; however, an unscheduled leave policy is in effect. An early release has not been issued, therefore, the Loudoun County commuter buses will remain on a regular schedule this afternoon.  

The snow may impact the afternoon commute, so the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office offers these safe driving tips:   
• Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions.   

• Watch for slippery bridges, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridges will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement. 

• Don't use your cruise control in wintry conditions. Even roads that appear clear can have sudden slippery spots and the short touch of your brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.   

• Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle. Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won't help you stop any faster. Many 4x4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's traction. Your 4x4 can lose traction as quickly as a two-wheel drive vehicle.   

• Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back a safe stopping distance and don't pass on the right.   

• Know the current road conditions:  For statewide highway information 24-hours-a-day, call the Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD or check local traffic incident information at ( via your web browsing cell phone).   

More information on how to stay safe in the face of winter weather is online at   

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