NEW: Consider starting your holiday travel today, VDOT cautions ahead of storm

VDOT snow plow spreading salt on N. Glebe Go through in 2021 (staff photo)

(Up to date at 3:45 p.m.) A key storm impacting most of the japanese U.S. and midwest is set to ramp up tomorrow, generating for harmful holiday getaway journey.

Ahead of the storm, the Virginia Dept. of Transportation sent a distinct concept this afternoon: begin your trip now, if you can.

The storm will mostly carry the D.C. place copious quantities of rain starting off Thursday early morning, along with gusty winds and bitter cold temperatures on Friday. Frozen precipitation past some possible snow flurries is not envisioned in Arlington, but points west and north will probable see snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Along I-81 and the Blue Ridge, the storm is anticipated to be a large-impression occasion, and vacation on Thursday is “not recommended,” VDOT says.

Extra from a VDOT press launch, beneath.

The Virginia Division of Transportation (VDOT) is advising motorists traveling in and as a result of Virginia to change their holiday break journey in advance of winter season temperature predicted in sections of the Commonwealth beginning Wednesday evening and continuing by Friday.

Travelers are advised to shift holiday break vacation to Wednesday if possible. Journey on Thursday is not recommended, primarily as a result of the western regions of Virginia along the Interstate 81 corridor, to stay away from possibly hazardous conditions created by forecasted winter season climate.

According to present forecasts, wintry precipitation is predicted to get there as before long as 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the southwestern regions of the condition, and move northward by way of the western third of the state, and into parts of northern Virginia by means of Thursday. Periods of heavy snow are anticipated alongside the northern sections of I-81 and the mountain passes which include Interstate 64 over Afton Mountain and Rt. 33 between Standardsville and Harrisonburg early Thursday. Temperatures are predicted to drop fast by the day on Friday top to the likely for refreeze in parts wherever the pavement remains wet.

VDOT crews are pretreating roadways and interstates nowadays in anticipation of the weather conditions party.

With severe lower temperatures envisioned to shift in Friday, motorists, if traveling, must pack an unexpected emergency kit and blankets, and have mobile units totally billed in the event of a breakdown or emergency.

“Please keep on to monitor forecasts closely as forecasts can boost or worsen promptly,” VDOT explained in a separate advisory. “Drivers should expect roads to be impacted Thursday and Friday… Deal with nearly anything that looks damp as if it could be icy, specifically bridges, ramps, overpasses, and elevated surfaces. If there is snow or ice on roadways, travel is dangerous.”

The transportation company is presently pretreating roadways and “will begin deploying vans early Thursday morning to address streets as wanted.”

“Adjust travel strategies and stay away from all nonessential travel for the duration of the peak of the storm,” VDOT mentioned “This allows to stay clear of deteriorating conditions and to allow for crews home to perform.”

A Flood View, meanwhile, has been issued for the D.C. region in advance of the rain.

322 PM EST Wed Dec 21 2022

…FLOOD Observe IN Outcome FROM THURSDAY Morning As a result of LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

* WHAT…Flooding brought about by excessive rainfall is doable.

* WHERE…DC and portions of Maryland and northern Virginia, together with the pursuing spots: District of Columbia. In Maryland, Anne Arundel, Cecil, Central and Southeast Howard, Central and Southeast Montgomery, Prince Georges, Southeast Harford and Southern Baltimore. In northern Virginia, Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park.

* WHEN…From Thursday morning by means of late Thursday night time.

* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may well final result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other lower-lying and flood-vulnerable areas. Flooding might manifest in weak drainage and urban areas.

* Further DETAILS…
– Moderate rainfall is anticipated Thursday into Thursday night, with rainfall totals of one particular to two inches. This might direct to isolated circumstances of flooding, particularly in city and inadequate drainage places.
– safety/flood


You should keep an eye on afterwards forecasts and be inform for possible Flood Warnings. Those people residing in spots susceptible to flooding should really be organized to choose action must flooding establish.

VDOT released the following timeline of anticipated conditions in Northern Virginia and western zones by way of Xmas.

Thursday Morning (Dec. 22)

  • Precipitation will commence from southwest to northeast for the duration of or just prior to rush hour.
  • Places along and west of the Blue Ridge (Western Loudoun and points west, extending southwest by Roanoke) will very likely expertise a start off as a wintry blend of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
  • Northern Virginia will see a probability for a wintry blend right before a speedy transform to rain.
  • Low temperatures will be all over freezing through the early commute and will rise into the upper 30s into the mid-early morning hrs.
  • Reduce your speeds and be in particular cautious on bridges, ramps and overpasses in the course of this time.

Thursday Afternoon (Dec. 22)

  • Areas of rain are very likely during Northern Virginia, with about an inch of rain attainable.
  • Regions farther west will see a changeover from wintry mix to rain into the mid-afternoon.
  • Temperatures will step by step increase into the 40s for Northern Virginia but will very likely hang in the mid 30s west of the Blue Ridge.
  • Drivers must check out out for slick roads west and doable ponding.

Thursday Night and Evening (Dec. 22)

  • Places of rain will linger immediately after sunset but will taper off nearer to midnight.
  • Temperatures will range from the mid 30s west to closer to 50 levels all-around DC.
  • Winds will turn into breezy out of the east-southeast gusting to 25 mph at occasions.

Friday Morning (Dec. 23)

  • Locations of rain will acquire early Friday early morning (6-9 a.m.) ahead of the arctic chilly entrance.
  • Temperatures will array from the 30s west of the Blue Ridge to close to 50 levels closer to I-95.
  • Temperatures will plummet into 20s about midday, so any residual moisture on the roadways will have the prospective to switch icy.
  • Confidence is lower for iciness but it is substantial plenty of on a significant vacation working day that we want you to be more cautious and keep away from travel or adjust travel programs if possible.
  • Winds will also develop into an situation, gusting from 40-50 mph at moments as the cold entrance moves as a result of into the afternoon.
  • Motorists must check out for doable downed trees and particles in the street, and be further careful on bridges and overpasses.

Friday Afternoon (Dec. 23)

  • Precipitation will exit into the afternoon and the wind and cold will be the primary worry.
  • Temperatures will most likely be in the teens along the Blue Ridge and west and small 20s nearer to I-95 into the afternoon.
  • Variable in the winds which will continue to gust from 30-40+ mph and it will likely come to feel like the solitary digits closer to DC and possibly underneath zero for the I-81 corridor.
  • If you are on the interstate and require assistance, please dial #77 and request for a Protection Assistance Patroller.

Friday Evening and Night time (Dec. 24)

  • Cold and breezy conditions will continue being into Friday night time with lows in the teens closer to DC and perhaps solitary digits together and west of the Blue Ridge.
  • Wind chills will very likely be in the solitary digits with winds continue to gusting to 20-25 mph at occasions.

The Weekend (Dec. 24 – 25)

  • The getaway weekend will be partly cloudy to typically sunny and cold equally times with lows in the teens and highs in the upper 20s every working day.
  • Winds will be breezy at occasions Saturday but breezes ought to diminish into Sunday.