Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 27, 2013
VDOT MOBILIZES FOR FORECAST FREEZING RAIN
Motorists warned to expect slick conditions, drive with extreme caution Monday morning
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work at midnight in the Culpeper District to prepare for the freezing rain that may fall early Monday morning across Virginia.
Motorists are strongly urged to consider altering their travel plans early Monday morning to avoid driving during the time when freezing rain is forecast. Temperatures overnight will be below freezing and any rain that falls may freeze. Slick conditions are likely during the early morning hours, especially on bridge decks, ramps and turn lanes.
VDOT crews will treat the roads early Monday morning with a mixture of sand and salt. 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 check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. Freezing precipitation is forecast for much of the state early Monday 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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