Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 16, 2013
VDOT PREPARING FOR FORECAST WINTER STORM
Motorists advised to check 511 before traveling, drive with caution
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are preparing equipment for the winter storm that is forecast to affect Central Virginia on Thursday. Crews will monitor conditions overnight and mobilize for snow-removal operations on Thursday morning.
Some snow accumulation is expected during the day Thursday, with higher amounts in the Charlottesville area and to the west along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Forecasts are subject to change, however, and residents are urged to monitor the weather, check current conditions before they drive and avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.
Motorists are likely to encounter wet pavement Thursday morning and are advised to drive with caution. As the precipitation changes to snow later Thursday motorists should be alert for slick conditions and icy spots, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze first. During bad weather motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance.
VDOT will monitor conditions throughout the storm and will adjust staffing and equipment levels as needed. When the snow begins the roads will be treated with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Operators begin plowing once the snow accumulates and the salt takes effect. Crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, then will shift resources to the secondary road system as conditions allow.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. 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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