VDOT Urges Northern Virginia Residents To Avoid Travel Tonight, Wednesday

VDOT Urges Northern Virginia Residents To Avoid Travel Tonight, Wednesday

Just in time for the beginning of Spring, a major snow event is hitting Loudoun County tonight and throughout most of the day Wednesday (March 20-21).

The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to avoid travel tonight in deteriorating conditions, and to plan to avoid travel through the day tomorrow to allow crews room to work safely and efficiently.

Loudoun County Public Schools has cancelled classes for March 21.

Loudoun County Government is open, but unscheduled leave has been granted to employees. Employees who staff essential 24-hour county operations and other essential services must work as scheduled.

All county activities after 6 p.m. March 20 are canceled. Library branches will close at 6 p.m.

Crews are staged along roads in northern Virginia, ready to plow and treat as precipitation changes over to snow. Crews will begin to plow after two inches of snow have accumulated.

VDOT offers the following reminders for residents and drivers:

  • Monitor the forecast closely (see National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning) and be aware of the potential for significant snowfall. Prepare to stay off roads through the storm and after to allow crews room to work.
  • Follow @vadotnova on Twitter for updates or visit virginiadot.org/ novaemergency. Check 511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for traffic conditions and lane closures.
  • Park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street. This will allow a wider path when plows begin to focus on neighborhood streets.
  •  Take frequent breaks, especially when shoveling heavy, wet snow.
  • To report a road hazard, visit https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or call 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and be prepared with an emergency kit. Here’s how: ready.gov/car.
Joseph Dill