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Plowing on Major Highways only
Plowing includes Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Status
GreenImage All neighborhoods are plowed
YellowImage Most neighborhoods are cleared or in progress
RedImage Most neighborhoods are not started
Status
Crews are monitoring, patrolling and treating roads
as necessary, and plowing where needed.

VDOT begins plowing neighborhood streets when
two or more inches of snow have accumulated.
Status
There is no active snow event at this time.

Caution
This map does not indicate actual road conditions. Icing and inclement weather can make a road hazardous even after it has been plowed, so motorists should continue to use caution.
Neighborhood status is displayed
Plowing is displayed in real-time
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Resources
Snow Removal in Northern Virginia
Read about snow removal and how neighborhoods are assigned and plowed in northern Virginia. Also visit www.virginiadot.org/snow for photos, videos and safety tips.
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Help
Reading The Map

The initial view shows the boundaries of VDOT’s local area headquarters (AHQ) in Northern Virginia. Within each outline is a building icon which shows the status of the plowing operations for that service area. When there are no plowing operations the icons are displayed in gray.

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The resolution of the map is referred to as its zoom level. Both Microsoft and Google have adopted the same approach to displaying maps where the highest view is zoom level one (1) and advances in 19 stages. The Snow Map site defaults to zoom level 7 which displays VDOT’s maintenance districts. At this default level, the districts will be shaded based on their mobilization level. As you move closer to a particular location the shading will disappear and the map displays roads, cities and jurisdictional boundaries typically found on maps.

In Northern Virginia (Nova), zooming in will first display the boundaries of VDOT’s local area headquarters (AHQ). Within each outline is a building icon which shows the status of the plowing operations for that service area. When there are no plowing operations the icons are displayed in gray

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ahq_yellowNoPoint Neighborhoods are being plowed
 
ahq_blueNoPoint Neighborhood plowing has not been started
 
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By zooming in, you will see that service areas are subdivided into “neighborhoods”, which are the snow assignment maps given to plow drivers. The status of each neighborhood is represented by an icon with houses.

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house_yellowNoPoint In Progress
house_blueNoPoint Not Started
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The "Find Address" button will locate the desired address and place a yellow push-pin on the map.

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Neighborhoods not maintained by VDOT (cities, towns and private developments) are shown in gray. Emergency routes are shown in blue and orange. If you live on an emergency route you will not see the status of that road because it is a high priority and must be kept clear for emergency vehicles.

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When at the neighborhood viewing level, the map will display plows that have been fitted with tracking equipment (AVL). At present only about 25% of the plowing trucks are equipped with AVL. The type of plowing truck is displayed by hovering over the truck icon.

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The map also features the interstate traffic cameras as blue camera icons. Hovering over the icon will display a real-time view of the road.

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Realtime Trucks

In selected areas, snow plowing progress can be viewed on the map. Routes that have been plowed are displayed in green and a truck’s location is visible on the map when they are in service. If they are actively plowing, a green trail will follow the icon has the truck’s location is updated. Hovering over the truck icon with your mouse will display the vehicle’s ID and status.

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The "Find Address" button will locate the desired address and place a yellow push-pin on the map.

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The map also features the interstate traffic cameras as blue camera icons. Hovering over the icon with your mouse will display a real-time view of the road.

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VDOT Road Priorities

Roads are generally cleared from highest volume to lowest in the following order:
  • Interstates (I-66, I-95/395, I-495, etc.)
  • High-volume routes (Routes 1, 7, 28, 50, Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William County Parkway, etc.)
  • Main thoroughfares in neighborhoods or developments
  • Residential streets
  • Cul-de-sacs

How neighborhoods are assigned and plowed

Typically, crews begin plowing in subdivisions when two inches of snow has accumulated.

The main thoroughfares in subdivisions are repeatedly plowed during a storm. Once the storm has stopped and those roads are clear, crews work to make residential streets and cul-de-sacs “passable.”

A neighborhood street is considered passable when a path is drivable (with caution) for an average passenger vehicle. The road will not be cleared curb-to-curb or to bare pavement, and may remain snow-packed, uneven and rutted (especially following any refreeze). Chemicals are not typically used in subdivisions, but crews will sand hills, curves and intersections as needed to provide traction. For most storms, one snowplow pass, about eight to ten feet wide, is made.

VDOT judges subdivisions complete through processed snow maps, resident call volume, AVL and feedback from VDOT monitors.

While VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails, crews are asked to be mindful of pushing large amounts of snow onto sidewalks, driveways, etc. With major storms, it is often an unintended consequence of making roads passable. When shoveling driveways, residents should leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back. It also helps to shovel to the right facing the road.

To give crews a chance to finish their assigned snow maps, VDOT asks that residents wait a few days after the storm is over before reporting roads as “missed.” Once crews have finished their routes, resident complaints are mapped into a database that feeds lists of locations back to the area headquarters to double-check and address. It is also helpful for crews if residents park on the odd-numbered side of their street to allow plows room to pass.

Mobilization Plan
National Weather Service Forecast Mobilization Level Response Plan Neighborhood Plowing
Precipitation: 20% or Greater
Accumulation: Ice/Snow Possible
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 30-36
Anti-Ice Springfield Interchange, spot treatment of other critical structures and locations No
Precipitation: 20-49% or Greater
Accumulation: Ice/Snow Possible
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 30-36
1 Spot treatment of bridges, overpasses and other critical structures and locations No
Precipitation: 50-100% Chance
Accumulation: Up to 1 Inch of Snow
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 25-29
2 Light Salting Operations; Includes possible cold spot treatment in subdivisions and on gravel roads No
Precipitation: 50-100% Chance
Accumulation: Up to 2 Inches of Snow or
up to 1/10th Inch of Ice
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 20-24
3 Salting Operations; Potential for Plowing; Includes cold spot treatment in subdivisions and gravel roads Yes
Precipitation: 50-100% Chance
Accumulation: Up to 6 Inches of Snow or
up to 1/4th Inch of Ice
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 15-19
4 Salting/Plowing Operation; Includes plowing subdivisions and sanding as necessary Yes
Precipitation: 50-100% Chance
Accumulation: More than 6 Inches of Snow or
more than 1/4th Inch of Ice
Ambient or Pavement Temp: 10-14
5 Salting/Heavy Plow Operations; Includes salting subdivisions and sanding as necessary. All resources are deployed. Yes
Road Status
Road Status Mobilization Level Neighborhood Plowing  
CLEAR/WET, CLEAR/DRY
OR PLOWING COMPLETED
Roads are generally clear with either wet or dry surfaces. Some areas have snow or ice patches.
1 No Condition 1
SNOW AND/OR SLUSH-COVERED
Up to two inches of snow or slush on pavement. Drifting snow possible.
2 No Condition 2
SNOW AND/OR SLUSH-COVERED
More than two inches of snow on the pavement. Roadways have stretches of packed snow, possibly covered with loose snow. Lane drops on some sections of roadways.
3 Yes Condition 3
ICE AND/OR SNOW-PACKED
Roads are covered with packed snow and/or ice. There may be loose snow on top of the ice or packed snow. Refreeze. Lane drops in certain sections.
4 Yes Condition 4
IMPASSABLE AND/OR DANGEROUS
Some roads impassable due to heavy accumulation, ice, accidents, etc.
5 Yes Condition 5
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