Wednesday February 10, 2010
NOVA Snow Operation
continue to work to push back snow in the region. More than 2,000 trucks and
specialized equipment will continue to plow and treat interstates and other
major routes throughout the day, as well as snow-buried subdivision and side
streets that remain impassable from the last storm. VDOT crews and trucks from
Hampton Roads, Richmond, Salem, Lynchburg and Culpeper have arrived in northern
Virginia to assist in snow removal for this storm.
are advised that the I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will close at
11AM today and re-open either Thursday or Friday morning depending on road
crews work, drivers are reminded to give plows plenty of room to navigate
roads, plow snow and put down chemicals. Drivers should also be aware of
narrowed lanes where plows are pushing snow.
offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and
Reduce speed and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds
behind other vehicles.
Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. .
Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop,
or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement.
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).
NWS Feb 10, 2010
Winter Storm Warning /Hazardous Weather: BLIZZARD
WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING .
with accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will continue through this evening.
Heaviest snow is expected this morning. Temperatures in the mid and upper 20s.
Winds will become northwest and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts around 45
mph. Blowing and drifting snow will reduce visibilities to between one quarter
of a mile or less at times...producing blizzard conditions
Meridian Summary: 02-10-10
upper-level disturbance will continue to bring snow to most of the area this
morning. Some pockets of freezing rain may continue through around sunrise in the
east before colder air filters into the area and changes all precipitation to
snow. Snow should begin to taper off around midday today and end in the
afternoon. Storm total accumulations can be revised downward somewhat,
especially in areas that are seeing significant icing as this will lower
accumulations. Nonetheless storm totals of 6 to 10 inches are still forecast
across the region with some areas around the D.C./Alexandria metro area having
a chance of receiving about 8-12 inches of snow. Strong northwest winds will
develop over the region this morning, reducing visibilities as winds could gust
over 40 mph. Winds coupled with any significant snows this morning will likely
cause near white-out conditions. Brisk, gusty winds will continue tonight into Thursday
before subsiding. Expect dry conditions for the remainder of the forecast
period after sunset today.