Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 30, 2010
ROAD CONDITION UPDATE – 6 P.M.
(Motorists urged to avoid travel tonight)
FREDERICKSBURG (6 p.m.) — Although forecasters predict that the snow will begin to taper off between now and midnight, VDOT crews will continue to plow and apply chemicals, salt, sand and abrasives on the interstate, primary and major secondary routes throughout the night. As conditions improve on the major road systems resources will be diverted to subdivision streets and rural secondary routes as quickly as possible. VDOT crews will continue working around the clock until all roads are passable.
As of 6 p.m., the Fredericksburg District snow totals range from 7 to 12 inches and most roads remain snow or slush covered. As temperatures fall overnight roads may become icy and slick creating hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are urged to avoid traveling tonight if at possible.
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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