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If you haven’t seen enough snow this week, you’re in luck. More snow is in the forecast.
A winter weather advisory will be in effect for Washington, D.C., as well as Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland, between 9 p.m. on Thursday and 5 a.m. on Friday. This includes Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow, and some areas could receive up to 6 inches. The snow is anticipated to fall at its heaviest from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Drivers are encouraged to remain cautious and travel slowly.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is taking action ahead of the winter weather. Crews will pretreat interstates, primary roads, secondary roads that experience high amounts of traffic, bridges, ramps and overpasses.
They are using brine, which consists of 77 percent water and 23 percent salt, according to a release from VDOT. It seeks to discourage ice from sticking to the roads during the first hour of a snowstorm.
On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency, because of the expected winter weather, according to a release from the Office of the Governor.
“Having two bouts of snow and icy weather back to back makes it more likely communities will need additional help as they continue to recover from the first round of tree-snapping wet snow and ice that we saw Monday,” Northam said in a release. “While we typically have ample resources for snow storms, these back-to-back events will generate landmark winter weather that requires extra flexibility. I am grateful to the hundreds of first responders and emergency personnel who continue to work around the clock to keep Virginians safe.”
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