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Snow Emergency Release From Arlington County

posted Feb 7, 2010, 4:38 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Feb 7, 2010, 4:46 AM ]

For Immediate Release

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Contact: Mary Curtius 703-228-7943 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)

Arlington Digging Out from Massive Snow Storm

Officials urge patience, caution, as crews clear roads

  • Wear light-reflective clothing when walking
  • Top plowing priorities: main roads, around critical facilities
  • Snow plows will not reach neighborhoods until 48 hours after the storm

 ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County crews were out in force Saturday as snow from the near-record blizzard continued to fall. The County’s Emergency Call Center handled dozens of snow-related calls overnight, and County officials warned that it will take at least 48 hours after the snow stops falling late Saturday night before snow plows will get into neighborhoods.

County government and all facilities remained closed, and programs and classes canceled, through Sunday, Feb. 7. Check the County Web site for updated information.

“Don't drive your car today and tonight, so that crews can do their work," said Bob Griffin, director of the Department of Environmental Services. “If you are walking, use extra caution, wear reflective clothing and avoid walking in the road, especially after dark. This is a massive snow event and it will take time to get to neighborhood streets. All our crews are working on main and secondary roads and dealing with downed trees. We ask for the community’s patience and support as we work to recover from this event.”

What Arlington is doing

  • Crews are working 12-hour shifts around the clock to clear and treat County-maintained streets.
  • Snow emergency routes, arterial streets, main bus routes, and roads to hospitals, fire stations, Metro stations, police stations and local schools are plowing priorities.
  • Crews work their way into residential streets after priority routes are clear.
  • Snow removal and treatment may take several days.
  • The County’s Emergency Winter Shelter, opened to people with no homes throughout the winter, is staying open round-the-clock during this snow event.
  • View Snow Plow Routes (PDF) and see how roadways are prioritized. The County maintains 60 miles each of arterial and collector streets and 256 miles of residential streets.
  • Check out the County’s video on snow plowing for answers to commonly asked questions.
  • Trash and recycling collection scheduled for the week of Feb. 8 will be delayed by one day. Check the County website for detailed information and updates.

What you can do

  • Hunker down. Stay off the roads and at home if at all possible.
  • Wear light-reflective clothing if you are walking.
  • If you must walk in the street, walk along the sides of the roads, not in the middle. Watch for emergency vehicles, snow plows.
  • Shovel your driveways, walkways, and the sidewalks in front of your property – make sure fire hydrants are cleared of snow.
  • If you have a downed tree blocking a road or on a power line, call 703 558 2222.
  • Remember plows need a roadway clearance of 15 feet and will not go down a street where they cannot safely pass.
  • Stay connected and informed on snow-related information and updates on closings and cancellations:
    1. Visit the County website
    2. Become a Facebook fan
    3. Follow the County on Twitter

Public Transit

Visit to sign up for ART (Arlington Transit) and Metro Alerts and to view the latest service information. 

Contacting the County

  • If you have a true emergency, call 911.
  • Snow service updates call 703-228-6485.
  • Contact for a standard update on snow operations. After 48 hours, you can email us with reports of trouble spots in area. Information will be forwarded to the snow operations team.
  • Call 703 558 2222 if you have a downed tree that is blocking a road or on a power line. 

Media Contact

Shannon Whalen-McDaniel


Myllisa Kennedy