Crews are taking advantage of conditions today and Thursday to treat roads with anti-icing materials in northern Virginia, in anticipation of low temperatures through the rest of week and the potential for wintry precipitation over the weekend.
Throughout Northern Virginia, crews treat about 5,200 lane miles with liquid magnesium chloride or brine in advance of winter weather. This includes interstate, primary and high-volume secondary road roads, particularly ramps, bridges, and other critical areas prone to freezing.
The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to keep an eye on the forecast for freezing conditions and precipitation. Before venturing out this weekend, VDOT reminds drivers to fill their gas tanks, slow down, to be aware of potential slick spots such as shaded areas and bridges, and to check 511virginia.org before getting on the road, for traffic conditions and lane closures.
VDOT also encourages replenishing the emergency kit for your car, which should include:
- Water and food
- Ice scraper/brush
- Gloves and boots
- Phone charger
- First aid kit
For more information, visit www.ready.gov/car.