Focus turns to preventing ice, refreeze on area roads

WASHINGTON – It’s a race against the clock before the snow on the roads turns to ice.

Temperatures will be well below freezing until at least Wednesday and there’s concern that refreezing will cause issues for Wednesday morning’s commute.

“It’s absolutely refreezing,” says VDOT’s Joan Morris. “Anything that we didn’t get to push off the road, especially in the subdivisions, is going to refreeze.”

Cars on the road Tuesday will help break up the salt, snow, and ice, but few drivers will be out during the overnight hours.

She says crews will focus on neighborhood roads during the remainder of the day Tuesday before the snow and slush turns to ice.

“We will continue to treat them with abrasives…It’s going to be a challenge throughout the week. If we don’t get to the snow right now before it freezes, then we’ve sort of lost control a little bit.”

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