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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Kelly.Hannon@VDOT.Virginia.Gov

FRED-44806

Jan. 30, 2010



NORTHERN NECK AND PORTIONS OF CAROLINE COUNTY AREA REPORT WHITE OUT CONDITIONS
(All crews are focusing on the primary routes)

FREDERICKSBURG (2 p.m.) — Heavy snow and high winds have created white out conditions in the Northern Neck area and portions of the Caroline County area.  VDOT crews are focusing on clearing the primary routes.  Driving conditions are hazardous and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until conditions improve.

Counties in the Northern Neck and Caroline County area include:  Northumberland, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster, Essex, King William and Caroline.

If traveling is necessary VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
• Avoid unnecessary travel. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
• Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
• Reduce speed and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
• Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary.
• Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car, including a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
• Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly

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