After the Storm

There are lots of things to think about in all stages of recovery from a major storm. We have outlined a few of them below.


  • Use caution when driving. As the roadways are cleared, large banks of snow line the streets and intersections. Visibility may be obscured due to the large snow. Driving lanes may be narrow and shift unexpectedly. Many turn lanes are not clear.
  • Please allow yourself extra time to travel and pay attention to lane changes.
  • Watch out for ice: As evening approaches, the temperature falls. This can contribute to icy conditions or black ice.
  • Standing water could occur as temperatures warm and rain occurs.
  • Watch for pedestrians. Due to the large volume of snow, the majority of sidewalks are impassable which increases pedestrian traffic along roadways.
  • Go slow: You may not be able to stop as quickly as normal with the snow-covered or wet pavement.
  • Learn who plows your roads on the Road Maintenance Map.
  • For the latest report on area road conditions, go to Virginia 511 or call 511 for traffic information from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • You can also track the progress of VDOT's snow plowing operations in Northern Virginia with the online Snow Plow Tracker.

Melting Snow / Falling Objects

  • Clear downspouts. As the snow begins to melt, it needs someplace to go. Clear the snow, ice, or debris away from the bottom of the downspouts at ground level. This will provide a pathway for the melting snow. Do not climb on your roof to remove the snow or ice.
  • As the temperature rises, large amounts of snow or icicles may fall from roofs. Be cognizant of what’s above you and be careful of falling objects.

Changes in Weather

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions, so it is important to continue monitoring the situation.


  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.