Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 9, 2014
CENTRAL VA. ROADS MAY BE ICY OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews will monitor near-freezing temperatures, forecast early morning precipitation
CULPEPER — Motorists who are traveling overnight should be alert for possible freezing conditions early Friday morning as precipitation moves into Central Virginia and temperatures dip toward freezing. Weather forecasts call for possible freezing rain early before temperatures warm and the precipitation changes to rain. Icy conditions are most likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps, crossovers, turn lanes and roads at higher elevations.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will be on duty beginning at midnight to respond to any reports of freezing conditions.
VDOT offers the following safety tips to the traveling public:
• Be prepared. Have a winter emergency kit in your car. Be sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter (check tires, antifreeze, windshield wipers, lights, heater, oil, etc).
• Be patient. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader. Drive gently — don’t slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel — to avoid your car spinning out of control.
• Be vigilant. Reduce speed. Pay close attention, especially when visibility is low. Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Never attempt to drive across or step over fallen utility lines. Always wear your seat belt.
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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