Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 28, 2013
FREEZING RAIN FALLING ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Motorists warned to expect slick conditions, drive with extreme caution Monday morning
CULPEPER — Rain and freezing rain is falling across Central Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extreme care while driving early this morning and be alert for icy conditions.
Motorists are strongly urged to consider delaying travel early this morning. Slick conditions are likely in the early morning, especially on bridge decks, ramps and turn lanes. As temperatures warm above freezing the precipitation will turn to rain and frozen surfaces will thaw.
VDOT crews are monitoring road conditions this morning and are treating the roads with a mixture of sand and salt as precipitation begins. The sand increases traction and the salt helps melt snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Even after roads are treated, however, freezing rain is extremely hazardous and motorists should observe the following precautions:
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots .and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
Drivers should also check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. Freezing precipitation is forecast for much of the state this morning. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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