As Thursday night's predicted winter weather gets closer, the chances of snow have grown to 90 percent with expected accumulations of 1 to 2 inches before Friday morning in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for icy conditions and warns drivers to be safe.
“The major concern is overnight icing on bridge decks and roadways,” said Branco Vlacich, a VDOT maintenance engineer, in a statement. “Be aware of black ice tomorrow morning—pavement temperatures will drop quickly tonight and remain well below freezing Friday.”
According to The Weather Channel, rain showers may begin late in the day, turning to snow in the evening and overnight.
Because rain is expected first, VDOT plans to focus on sanding bridges, hills and curves first instead of a traditional pre-treatment. Crews also will drop salt to mix with rain and help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement.
By 7 p.m., VDOT will have more than 1,250 trucks treating snow and ice on roads in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Once – and if – two inches of snow falls, residents can go to www.vdotplows.org to check the status of plowing in their neighborhood.
Local WeatherLeesburg – Weather.com or AOL Weather
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Driving tips from VDOT
- Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges