Thousands of snowplows will be out in full force Friday night to treat roads in advance of wintry weather early Saturday morning that includes some snow flurries and freezing rain.
WASHINGTON — With snow flurries and freezing rain in the forecast and much of the area under a winter weather advisory, road crews have taken to the streets to get ahead of the weather.
The forecast calls a wintry mix to begin Saturday morning between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. By about 11 a.m., temperature will warm to above freezing and the precipitation will switch to mostly spotty showers.
In Northern Virginia, about 1,100 trucks hit the streets about 7 p.m. Friday to begin treating roads with mixes of salt, sand and liquid magnesium chloride, Virginia Department of Transportation announced.
Officials said VDOT crews took advantage of milder midweek weather to pre-treat roads with anti-icing material.
Crews plan on treating about 5,200 lane miles, including interstates, primary roads, high-volume second roads as well as ramps, bridges and other areas prone to freezing.
In Maryland, the State Highway Administration began making final preparations Friday afternoon for the expected winter weather.
Over the past two days, crews pre-treated interstates and other major roads with salt brine, the agency said in a statement.