Broderick Drive in Sterling is one of many Loudoun County roads treated with a salt water mixture ahead of the storm expected to hit the region beginning March 13.
On the precipice of 2017’s first snow storm, here’s what to expect in Loudoun County:
Projections Have up to 12 Inches Falling in Loudoun:
The entire county is under a Winter Storm Warning as of the latest projection from the National Weather Service on the afternoon of March 13. Residents should brace for 6 to 12 inches of snow during a storm that could begin in the evening of March 13 and continue through the next morning. After a practically snowless first two months of the year, the county can expect a major weather event here in the middle of March.
VDOT is Already Working to Clear Roads:
The Virginia Department of Transportation is mobilizing its fleet of trucks to clear local roads. Interstates and high-volume roads are prioritized and a salt water mixture has been treated on roads like Routes 7, 28 and 50 in Loudoun.
VDOT plans to have one passable lane in neighborhood subdivisions within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall if there’s 2 to 4 inches of precipitation and within 48 hours if there are 4 to 6 inches. If the storm brings more than 6 inches, as many projections have for Loudoun, it could take more than 48 hours to have one passable lane.
Government Offices and Schools Could Face Closures:
The towns of Purcellville and Leesburg have already cancelled government services and events like trash pick up and committee meetings for March 14. The Loudoun County Public School System hasn’t announced closures or delays as of 1:30 p.m. March 13, but the likelihood of the storm could bring about the first cancellation for students in the 2016-2017 school year.
LCPS is Cancelling Activities:
As of 3:01 p.m. March 13, LCPS has cancelled all activities using county schools after 7 p.m. The March 13 special School Board meeting will be held as scheduled.
LCPS is expected to make an announcement later this afternoon on possible school cancellations and the status of the regularly scheduled School Board meeting March 14.