VA. drivers beware of ice for morning rush

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation crews will continue to plow the state's 18'000 lane miles and want to warn drivers to be careful for the ice during the morning commute Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation said they will be plowing in the Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, however there is still a concern for rush hour Tuesday morning.

Salt becomes ineffective at very low temperatures, so crews will do their best to remove as much snow as possible and spread sand for traction, authorities said.

Authorities added, salt will help the melting process when traffic and sunlight warm the pavement again tomorrow.

To report an un-plowed road in Virginia, click here.

To check the status of plowing in your neighborhood, click here.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the following regarding the Northern Virginia region:


· Crews will aim to make at least one pass on N. Va.'s 16,000 neighborhood streets by tomorrow. Expect an eight-to ten-foot-wide path but not bare pavement. Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction.

· Keep cars in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow room for plows.

· Shovel driveways to the right facing the road. Leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back.

Tuesday morning:

· Use extreme caution as pavement temperatures will be well below freezing.

· Be aware of snow patches on turn lanes, shoulders, and outer edges of roadway.

· Pay particular attention to ramps, bridges, overpasses and spots prone to freezing.

Get more information:

· Twitter: @vadotnova

· Plowing status in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William:

· Real-time traffic info: 511 app, @511northernva and

· Report road problems: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or

· Northern Virginia's snow removal program


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