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Take your time driving: VDOT warns of potential for icy roads this afternoon, Dec. 15

Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Virginia office says in a breaking news release that drivers should monitor forecast and consider adjusting commute times this afternoon.

National Weather Service has issued a forecast showing the potential for snow during evening rush hour, VDOT said.

Maintenance crews pretreated some roads and bridges Friday morning, to supplement brining done earlier this week, according to the news release from the Fairfax VDOT office, which has responsibility for Prince William County and most other Northern Virginia localities.

At noon, crews were fully mobilized and staged. They will treat problem areas with salt and sand as needed throughout evening rush hour.

Drivers are asked to:

• Continue to check weather forecasts as storm timing, area, and intensity can change. Temperatures are below freezing now and are only predicted to peak at 33 degrees around 4 p.m. before immediately dropping below freezing again.

• Remember that Friday afternoon rush hour begins much earlier than the rest of the week. Consider making your trips early, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and if conditions are icy, avoid driving for safety.

• Watch for plow trucks. They are very heavy and drive slower in order to treat roads effectively.

• Do not overdrive conditions. Assume all roads that appear wet are slick.

• Reduce your speed and always use your headlights.

• Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots.

• Ensure gas tanks and windshield wiper fluid tanks are full.

Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

·      Visit http://www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources from VDOT in northern Virginia
·      Follow @vadotnova on Twitter
·      Check http://www.511virginia.org/ or the 511 mobile app before you go for traffic conditions and lane closures
·      Get more details on snow removal in northern Virginia

Before heading out, take time to update the emergency kit in your car. Here’s how: http://www.ready.gov/car

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