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WINTER WONDERLAND IN STERLING

January 18, 2008

>>>McDonalds Grand Reopening

The McDonalds Grand reopening is at 5 p.m. and they will have coupons for everyone who comes. That means traditional free food at America's Restaurant's Sterling location.

>>> WINTER WONDERLAND IN STERLING

Winter has returned big time in Sterling. Snow everywhere. Take out the camera and take some photos. Looks like we will see conditions in the morning.

Today schools opened and closed and then cancelled all evening programs. Worked out fine.

Traffic was a bear all around, but most people left work early or left at different times due to plenty of advance warning about the timing of the snow which came after rush hour.

As of 5 p.m. today there were approximately 1000 VDOT trucks in northern Virginia and 180 trucks mobilizing  in Loudoun County. I saw many of these trucks standing at ready and they did their job on major roads.

>>> DEEP SNOW STILL ON YOUR ROAD?

Tell me if your road is not plowed at this point or contact Customer Service 703 383-VDOT(8368) or email them at NOVAInfo@VDOT.Virginia.gov

To reach me hit reply, or email me at eugenedelgaudio@erols.com and put "PLOW" OR VDOT PROBLEM in the subject heading and the name of the street.

Sterling has VDOT maintained roads and needs to be told if any roads are left unplowed by morning. The trucks are working through the night and each crew is doing 12 hours "at minimum".

>>>>This is the VDOT Operation Plan:

·       Chemical routes are currently being treated with salt and plowed as needed and will continue to be addressed as such until weather conditions change.

·       Treating/plowing hot spots such as thorough fares and hilly areas in subdivisions is in progress. Additional equipment will be added to the subdivision fleet during the night hours to start plowing the remaining streets.

·       Commuter lot will be treated overnight and will be clear for rush hour in the morning.

>>>>Weather Forcast for next few Days

Tonight: Periods of rain or freezing rain, mainly before midnight. Low around 32. North wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Friday: A slight chance of rain before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind between 7 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 25. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: A chance of snow, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Light wind becoming west between 10 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

>>> CLOSINGS FOR SCHOOL AND GOVERNMENT

This snowfall seems okay for now unless freezing occurs which is likely. So be careful and listen to weather reports. Information about Friday school will be posted 5:30 or 6 a.m. Friday.

http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/loudoun/site/default.asp

Loudoun County government offices will be closed on Friday, January 18th in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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