D.C. region's highway crews ready for storm
Evening update: The Capital Weather Gang says light rain and sleet will arrive by mid-to-late Thursday evening. Though temperatures may not drop much below freezing overnight, some travel troubles, especially north and west of I-95, are possible by morning. Road crews are out to treat the surfaces. Stay back from their equipment and don't try to pass.
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that its anti-icing equipment will be out in advance of the arriving storm. While VDOT expected little to no accumulation, the department warned that roads could become slick.
District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc said the city was preparing for a full deployment of its storm equipment on Thursday evening, starting at 9 p.m.
The department advised drivers to give themselves extra time Friday morning, because roads may be icy and to consider Metro or telecommuting as alternatives for the day.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is monitoring the forecast. Spokesman David Buck said there would be no point getting the anti-icing equipment out in front of a storm that starts as rain in Maryland, since that would just wash away the chemicals before any ice arrived.
Tips for driving icy roads
These are recommendations from AAA Mid-Atlantic.
-- Replace worn wiper blades that streak the windshield. Fill the washer reservoir bottle with a washer solvent that won't freeze.
-- Carry a winter driving kit in your trunk that includes a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or cat litter, ice scraper, traction mat, window-washing solvent blanket, gloves or mittens blanket, and cell phone.
-- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
-- Gentle pressure on the accelerator pedall when starting is the best method for retaining traction and avoiding skids.
-- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on icy roads. The stopping distance required on ice at zero degrees Fahrenheit is twice the amount required at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
January 21, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
Categories: Driving , Weather | Tags: DDOT, Dr. Gridlock, MSHA, VDOT, travel tips
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