VDOT CREWS FIGHTING BLIZZARD
Additional trucks and crews arrive in northern Virginia; drivers face white-out conditions
The Virginia Department of Transportation has brought in crews and more
than 200 pieces of heavy equipment from Hampton Roads, Richmond, Salem
and Lynchburg to assist with removing snow that continues to fall
across northern Virginia. More than 2,000 trucks remain on the roads
today, plowing and treating interstates, primary roads, and subdivision
and side streets.
the 4x4 pickup trucks VDOT uses for a typical four- to six-inch storm
cannot handle the deep snow still blanketing some northern Virginia
neighborhoods, additional larger trucks and front loaders are working
to clear remaining subdivision and side streets buried in the last
storm. The additional crews will continue to clear neighborhoods as
long as possible, until the trucks are needed again to address
emergency routes, interstates and
other high-volume roads.
are urged to stay off the road, as white-out and blizzard conditions
are expected to last into the evening. Minimal visibility and
high-drifting snow have made driving extremely dangerous. Crews out in
full force also need the full width of many roads to navigate snowplow
trains and put down chemicals.
are advised that the I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will
re-open either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning depending on road
For the latest road conditions, weather, incident information and traffic camera video, drivers can visit www.511Virginia.org.
Residents who need to report dangerous conditions on neighborhood streets should send the address, subdivision and county to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call 703-383-VDOT (8368), or 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).