The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Alexandria area for Friday afternoon, January 22, at 3 p.m., through Sunday, January 24, at 6 a.m. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Alexandria are under states of emergency.
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, puts safety first. Crews spent yesterday pre-treating critical infrastructure including primary routes, bridges, hills, and overpasses. As the precipitation begins T&ES will begin salting and plowing primary and snow emergency routes. Given the heavy predicted precipitation, and cold temperatures, this will be a multi- day response. We encourage everyone to be prepared on an ongoing basis for the possibility that it may not be safe to travel for three or more days, and that power may be out during this period.
Stay off the Roads:
There are 8 routes throughout the City designated as Snow Emergency Routes. If your vehicle is parked on a snow emergency route it should be moved immediately. Vehicles remaining after 12 noon January 22 may be towed at the owner’s expense. Snow emergency routes are posted with red and white signs, and listed in the City Code. Please see the list of Snow Emergency Routes below.
· King Street from Union Street to the western city limit
· Washington Street from city limit to city limit
· Duke Street from Washington Street to the western city limit
· U.S. Route No. 1 from city limit to city limit
· Braddock Road from North West Street to Beauregard Street
· Howard Street from Braddock Road to Jordan Street
· Jordan Street from Duke Street to Howard Street
· Eisenhower Avenue from Holland Lane to Van Dorn Street
The City’s winter weather emergency classifications are based on type and accumulation of precipitation with severity ranging from Level 1 (least severe) to Level 3 (most severe). This storm is forecasted to be a level 3 storm.
When up to eight inches of snow or other winter weather conditions are in the forecast, City snow removal crews will work first to make snow-covered roads and sidewalks passable and ensure schools are accessible. Roadways and/or sidewalks may not be completely clear for 3 days.
When more than eight inches of snow, freezing rain with ice accumulation, or a combination of ice and snow are expected, roadways are considered hazardous and drivers are advised to limit their travel to emergency trips. City snow removal crews will work first to make snow covered roads passable for emergency and public utility vehicles, with the goal of bringing roadway conditions to Level 1. Crews will then return to make roads passable, plowing them clear within five (5) days following the storm; however, weather conditions may delay available resources and response times. Roadway conditions may require school delays or closures at discretion of schools.
Significant snow accumulations, ice, or blizzard conditions are expected; roads are closed to non-emergency vehicles. Roads will be made passable for emergency vehicles only, and snow removal operations will continue around the clock with the goal of bringing roadway conditions to Level 2.
Want up to date information on snow clearing? For questions or concerns about storm response, call 703.746.HELP or use Call.Click.Connect. For details, including storm level definitions and preparedness information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Snow, sign up for the City’s Alexandria eNews service, or connect online at www.alexandriava.gov/SocialMedia.