Courtesy of our Virginia Delegate Kaye Kory:
There’s bad weather coming: up to 6 inches of snow in our area. As you probably know, VDOT, a State agency, is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County and, if conditions warrant, there will be as many as 4000 pieces of equipment ready to answer the call. Nevertheless, it’s easy to predict that plowing after a big snow storm requires many hours, or even days, before everything is cleared.
VDOT clears high-volume roads first. Most neighborhood streets will just get a single pass, i.e., one lane, not curb-to-curb. Over half of the trucks have Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL), which permits VDOT to track plows and manage their efforts in real time. One of the biggest problems is that plows often cannot get through because of private vehicles blocking the street; for that reason VDOT recommends parking in driveways and only on the odd-numbered side of the street. Also, residents shoveling out their property should shovel to the right facing the street, leaving the curb and first 5’ of the street uncleared until the plow has come by – to avoid having to do it over.
Here is some important contact information:
General information and road conditions: www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.app
Snow removal status in neighborhoods: http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov
Real-time updates (and to download a smartphone app): www.511virginia.org
Report unplowed and hazardous conditions:
or by phone at 800-367-7623
Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771
Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800
Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966)
Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422
Also, we received the following from Dominion Electric earlier today.
Dominion Virginia Power is preparing for this storm and we encourage customers to do the same. This is a significant weather system and Dominion is closely monitoring weather forecasts and moving crews in advance of the storm to areas expected to be hardest hit by the event. Our crews and equipment are ready and we have called in additional resources.
The highest threat for significant snowfall is in the western part of the state, with the possibility of well over a foot of snow across much of northwestern Virginia. Six or more inches are possible across the Washington suburbs. Snow accumulations predictions vary with much of central and southern Virginia likely to see mostly rain.
Winds will increase as the snow tapers off, peaking Wednesday afternoon with gusts up to 45 mph possible across much of Virginia.
Just in time for the approaching storm, Dominion has implemented several steps that will make it faster and easier for customers to report outages. The company has made it simpler for customers to report service interruptions and check on their status when using Dominion’s web site, dom.com, via their computers, smartphones or other mobile devices.
To report outages through one of these devices, all a customer needs is 10-digit telephone number associated with the account, and the last four digits of their Social Security number, federal tax identification number, or PIN. This information will be used to confirm the outages’ locations. Customers will also be asked for contact information to enable Dominion to obtain additional details regarding the outage if necessary. Additionally, customers using smartphones will be automatically directed to a mobile website through which they can obtain outage updates and view power outages by city and county.
Customers who lose power can also report the outages through Dominion’s toll-free customer service line, 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). The company will also issue periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter (@DomVaPower).