Hazards: Snow Plow & Road Conditions

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Winter storms have the ability to immobilize all modes of transportation. According to the National Weather Service, death or serious injury is more likely to occur as a result of traffic accidents than the direct impact of the storm itself.

Utilize these resources to monitor conditions and snow plowing so that you may wait until it's safe.


Snowflake iconThe Snow Shovel & Removal page covers snow shoveling safety, sidewalk rules and snow clearing tips.

Snowflake iconThe Emergency Road Maps page includes maps of current road conditions.

Snowflake iconThe Winter Safety page covers heating safety and assitance, home safety and more.

Snow Plowing

  • The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for plowing the public roads (interstate, primary, secondary, residential) in Fairfax County.
  • Clearing is done on a priority basis, with interstates and high volume roads cleared first.
  • The county does not plow streets that are the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation or that are privately maintained.

Please contact VDOT for additional information (1-800-FOR ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711).

Don’t put trash cans and recycling bins out and clear items from the road until after the plows have come.

Road Conditions 

As most sidewalks are covered with snow and unpassable, here are safety tips for pedestrians and drivers.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections ONLY
  • Before crossing, look left, right, then left again
  • Use pedestrian pushbuttons
  • Begin crossing the street on “Walk” signal
  • Wear bright colored clothing, as dim, winter light hampers visibility
  • Dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times of the day for pedestrians. If walking or jogging, make sure you walk against the traffic and remember reflective clothing

Driver Safety Tips

  • Be alert to pedestrians around snowpiles, corners and areas where snow is covering lanes
  • Stay in the confines of your lanes as much as possible
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Slow down and obey posted speed limits
  • Look before opening your vehicle door
  • Use caution when passing stopped vehicles


Related Information

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