- Heavier-than-predicted snowfall & ice slow treating, plowing
- County snow crews working through the day, overnight
- Delays, detours in ART evening service
A shifting weather pattern that hit the region this morning with heavier-than-predicted snowfall and frigid temperatures made for a nightmarish rush hour commute and hampered County efforts to clear roads during the season’s first winter storm.
“Based on the weather forecasts, our crews anticipated a much milder snow event today,” said County Manager Barbara Donnellan. “By the time it was clear that frigid temperatures were causing hazardous conditions, thousands of commuters and parents driving kids to school were already on the move. As our crews worked hard to treat and plow roads, we urged people to stay off the roads as much as possible.”
Arlington’s Emergency Call Center fielded dozens of calls of weather-related traffic incidents, according to John D. Crawford, public information officer for the County’s Office of Emergency Management. Sign up for Arlington Alert to receive emergency information.
Snow crews began pre-treating primary and secondary roads Monday afternoon and evening with brine, but the pre-treatment was not enough for Tuesday’s heavier-than-expected snowfall and ice, according to Dave Hundelt, chief operating engineer for the Department of Environmental Services. Drivers encountered dangerously slick roads as rush hour got under way, and the many resulting traffic snarls slowed crews that were trying to treat the roads. Some 35 pieces of snow-removal equipment were deployed across the County. Crews worked on the County’s primary and secondary routes (Phase 2) throughout the day, and tackled residential side streets this afternoon (Phase 3).
For more information on removal progress or to report a snow issue, visit the County’s Snow and Ice page.
The County will continue to monitor weather conditions overnight and will respond accordingly. With below-freezing temperatures today and expected again tomorrow, the Emergency Winter Shelter is open all day today, and will be open again all day Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Bike lanes and trails
The County treated trails Monday evening with brine, including the protected bicycle lanes on South Eads Street and South Hayes Street. Crews brushed snow off the trails this morning and again later today. Crews will continue to monitor trails and treat icy areas with salt. Bike lanes may be slick, however, so cyclists are urged to use caution. Please check BikeArlington’s tips for safely riding in the snow.
ART severe weather service
Due to severe weather conditions, delays and detours on all ART routes are to be expected for the evening rush hour. Service changes for this evening:
- ART Route 61 will not service 12 street and Queen and will use Arlington Boulevard/Route 50 instead.
- ART Routes 75 will not service Fredrick Street and will use Columbus instead.
- ART Routes 42, 45, and 77 will not service Courthouse Road, and will take Walter Reed instead.
Visit http://www.arlingtontransit.com/ for details. For route-specific updates via text or email, visit http://www.arlingtontransit.com/pages/service-alerts/ and subscribe to ART alerts.
Trash & recycling services suspended
All solid waste services are suspended for today, Tuesday, Jan. 6. Trash & recycling collection, as well as special collections and cart services, will be delayed by one day from the normal collection date.
Residents are asked to immediately remove all trash and recycling carts and other materials set out for collection from the right of way to allow snow removal crews adequate time and space to plow County streets. Customers should place their carts and other materials at the curb by 6 a.m. on their revised collection date and leave them at the curb until collected. Please see the table below for the revised collection schedule.
|Normal Collection Date||Revised Collection Date|
|Tuesday, January 6||Wednesday, January 7|
|Wednesday, January 7||Thursday, January 8|
|Thursday, January 8||Friday, January 9|
|Friday, January 9||Saturday, January 10|
The Customer Call Center (703-228-6570) will remain open as long as County Government is open. The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
County libraries and facilities
Arlington Public Schools have canceled all evening activities for today, Tuesday, Jan. 6. The following are updates from the Department of Parks and Recreation:
- Enjoy Arlington classes, elementary programs and nature center programs are canceled in all buildings.
- After school teen programs will proceed as scheduled.
- Sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in school buildings are canceled.
- All community centers will remain open as scheduled.
County libraries and facilities continue to be treated and plowed. At this time, most locations are cleared including: Courthouse, Central Library, Fenwick Center, Cherrydale Library, Aurora Hills Library, Glen Carlyn Library, and Clarendon House. With the snow tapering off, all facilities and libraries should be completed sometime this afternoon.
Track snow removal progress
The County’s phased plowing system allows residents to track snow removal progress as they make travel decisions during winter weather. In a snow event, the current removal phase will be posted on the website and social media channels. For street snow removal updates, follow the Department of Environmental Services on Facebook and Twitter.
How residents can help
Please remember that the County’s Snow Removal Ordinance requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within a designated time period. To learn more, visit the Snow Ordinance webpage. There are other ways residents can assist us with snow removal efforts, including:
- Parking cars off the road and avoiding on-street parking to improve the ability of snowplow operators to clear more of the streets.
- Avoiding parking on snow emergency routes, which can be subject to fines and towing.
- Clearing snow from driveways and entrances into your yard to minimize the amount of snow being pushed back into driveways by snow plows.
- Staying home or using mass transit to reduce the amount of stranded vehicles, which can slow down the clearing process.