VDOT: Northern Virginia Roads will be ‘Treacherous’ Monday Morning
– December 8, 2013 6:30 pm
It will be a slick and icy commute for those headed to work tomorrow morning.
While the snow and sleet that fell during much of Sunday has cleared the area, the Virginia Department of Transportations says more precipitation – this time in the form of freezing rain – is headed our way.
Road crews have been out all day long treating the roads. School systems in Fairfax and Loudoun counties have already canceled classes Monday.
Here’s more on what to expect on the roads Monday morning in a press release from VDOT:
More than 2,000 salt trucks and plows are working to keep roads passable in northern Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Crews are plowing as well as heavily salting roads and will continue to do so through tomorrow morning’s rush hours.
While roads are passable, ramps, bridges and underpasses are treacherous and are likely to remain so until temperatures rise sometime tomorrow morning.
“We are urging folks to stay off the road today and to delay travel in the morning until conditions improve,” said Branco Vlacich, head of maintenance for VDOT in northern Virginia. “While crews are keeping up with the storm for now, we expect conditions to deteriorate as the snow turns into freezing rain.”
Here’s information from VDOT on conditions across the state:
T he Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been out in force through the weekend treating roads to keep them as safe as possible. Crews will continue to work through the night and early morning hours to treat icy areas with sand and abrasives.
Currently all major roadways are clear and open with minor to moderate conditions along the I-81corridor in the northwestern region, I-66 in the Culpeper region and I-64 in the western region of the commonwealth. There are also icy patches on portions of I-95 north of Richmond
Freezing rain is expected to continue overnight for the Salem, Staunton, Culpeper, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, northwest Fredericksburg, and far west Richmond districts. This amount of ice may cause power line issues.
Commuters are urged to call 511 or visit 511virginia.org before they get behind the wheel to get the latest information on road conditions.