Winter storm leaves roads slick in Va.

5:16 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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NORTHERN VIRGINIA, (WUSA9) -- WUSA9 crews were sent to check out the roads in the Northern Virginia area on Friday.

Drivers we talked with say the main concerns at this point are the secondary and residential roads.

Route 7 in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties are good. Despite some trouble yesterday, Fairfax County Parkway and west of Leesburg also looked fairly clear.

Fairfax County Public Schools are still closed for the winter holiday but the surrounding counties had a snow day.

Plow truck drivers working since Thursday continued into Friday morning at a bone chilling 13 degrees in whipping winds. 

"The roads were pretty bad this morning. It was icy. They call it black ice," said Jorge Diaz, plow truck driver. 

Along Route 7 in Loudoun County some drivers lost control, ending up in ditches.  

 

"I skidded a few times but most of the roads are pretty plowed, so it's fine," said Macy Jones.

"Not that bad, just the neighborhood roads are very, very scary. I slide all over the place," said Taylor Grove.

Several people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a scary episode in the snow. The driver lost control, slamming into oncoming traffic causing a four car pileup on Fairfax County Parkway at Sunrise Drive in Reston around 8:15 Friday morning.

In neighborhoods in Herndon, people are digging out.

"We are shoveling our way out in our winter wonderland. We're enjoying it," said one resident.

One thing you have to watch out for in residential areas are manhole covers. 

Loudoun County authorities say beware of plow truck drivers who are taking them out as they clean the streets.

"I hit a manhole and it cracked my truck. Trying to keep you all safe I ended up breaking down. It was a pick up truck that hit it then I got the left over and it got me. We have to get it running by Sunday because we're expecting another storm," said Diaz.

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