The problem is people are terrified to drive in a little bit of snow/freezing rain and terrified people are almost as dangerous as reckless people, IMO. I used to live up north in MI and NY, and this is nothing.
FWIW, I am in Loudoun County and just got back from running errands in the Leesburg/Sterling/Purcellville area. The roads aren't bad. They are slush. Just be cautious and use common sense and you will be fine. My truck is 2WD and I had no problems on main or back roads.
I would, however, advice you go out now, rather than waiting until later this afternoon. As the temps drop I expect roads will get icy later on.
Last edited by Milocalwinnings; Dec. 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM.
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I moved from Richmond to interior Alaska when I was 23. I learned to drive on any and all winter roads ! Glare ice, black ice, white outs, blizzards, dodging moose, closed roads, ad infinitum.
Down here? Sleet, freezing rain,skiffs of snow, and 31/32/33 degree temps, plus no studded tires= me staying home. Snow packed roads and temps below zero make driving a lot safer.
Spent 10 hours on I-95 today, mostly in VA, for a 5 hour trip.
Was right there with you, headed from northern MD to North Carolina coast normally 6 1/2 - 7 hour trip was 11 hours thanks to 95 through northern VA went less than 10 miles in two hours, once we got to 295 around Richmond it finally opened up.
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I know I'm late to the party here, but there are a few things I have noticed regarding winter driving in Virginia.
My husband is from Utah, and of course made fun of us for not driving much in winter weather (ie, "You get a half-inch here and the whole state shuts down!)
We get ICE. Driving on snow is not like driving on ice. Ice is less forgiving and a lot quicker to wreck you. Virginia temperatures fluctuate, so what was not ice yesterday may well be ice today. So no, 2 inches of snow is no big deal, but that quarter inch of ice under it is.
Another thing that adds to the above point: Most roads in heavy-snow areas are very flat to aid plowing. We get rain here. Roads are humpbacked to help water run into the ditches. However, this will help a car run into the ditch if it slips on the ice.
These observations are in no way absolute, but worth keeping in mind.
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