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Icy Streets Could Endanger Motorists

Icy conditions in Loudoun County last week. (Tracy A. Woodward/Post)

With possible snow showers lingering into the evening, District officials are warning drivers to brace for slippery roads.

The city's snow team will deploy with 100 plows to treat roadways, bridges, overpasses and ramps at 7 p.m., officials said.

Officials are offering the following reminders:

-- Driving on ice is much more treacherous than driving on snow.
-- Use extreme caution and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.
-- Even a 4-wheel drive SUV does not perform well on ice.
-- Be aware of black ice which can give drivers' a false sense of security on the road.
-- Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.
-- Keep a safe distance from emergency and snow vehicles and use caution when attempting to pass a snowplow. Give the drivers plenty of room to do their jobs.
-- Clear all the snow and ice from your vehicle's windows, lights, hood and roof before driving.
-- Remove snow from steps and sidewalks. Help your elderly or disabled neighbors with this work.
-- Clear catch basins and fire hydrants.
-- Please do not put snow in the street. Put all cleared snow from parked cars and sidewalks in the "tree box," front yard, or between the curb and sidewalk.

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By Mike McPhate  |  February 4, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  
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The picture is misidentified as Loudoun County--that's a picture of M Street in Georgetown.

Posted by: idiparker | February 4, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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