Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 4, 2015
WINTER STORM MAY AFFECT TRAVEL FOR NEXT SEVERAL DAYS
VDOT urges motorists to prepare for difficult driving, monitor road conditions
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is making final preparations for a winter storm that is forecast to bring a mix of winter weather to Virginia. VDOT urges residents to do the same and monitor weather and road conditions before venturing onto the road during the storm.
The storm is predicted to begin as rain this evening across Central Virginia, turning to sleet and freezing rain overnight and finally to snow before ending late Thursday afternoon. That combination of precipitation and temperatures forecast to fall well below freezing Thursday night will make driving hazardous through Friday.
VDOT’s crews have plows and spreaders loaded ready to go and the night shift crews will report to work at midnight. Because the storm is predicated to begin with rain the highways were not pre-treated with brine solution.
The plows will focus their efforts first on interstate and primary highways to ensure they are open to traffic. Once those roads are clear the crews will shift onto secondary roads and neighborhood streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
Even after the storm ends frigid temperatures are expected to remain until the weekend. That will make slick conditions likely, even on major highways, and motorists should drive slowly, leave extra space between vehicles and allow extra time for travel. Freezing conditions are particularly likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas, as well as roads at higher elevations where the temperatures are colder.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.
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