Paula Miller 757-925-1660
March 5, 2015
HERE WE SNOW AGAIN!
For current conditions, motorists are encouraged to call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org
SUFFOLK- The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will mobilize salt trucks and snowplows on the Southside and Peninsula in preparation for another mixed bag of weather conditions beginning Thursday afternoon. Crews will begin working 12-hour shifts at noon and continue while conditions warrant.
VDOT will monitor air and pavement temperatures in advance of the afternoon rush hour when forecasts call for mostly precipitation, but some areas, including James City and New Kent Counties may see sleet prior to rush hour. Salt trucks are on standby and will begin working roadways if temperatures slip below the freezing mark or icy patches are reported by our interstate monitors.
Rain is expected to change to sleet after 6pm and snow is expected to move into the region this evening. Projections are from less than one inch to 2-3 inches of snow, depending on the area. VDOT plows are ready to push, if accumulations require plowing of roadways.
HOV lanes will remain open in an eastbound direction through rush hour and flip to westbound after rush hour. They’ll remain open westbound for the duration of this latest winter event.
VDOT Hampton Roads is at 41 percent salt capacity with additional shipments being delivered today. Our reserves are expected to be sufficient for weather conditions that could remain wintry through Friday.
Motorists should be advised that temperatures will remain below freezing for the Friday morning commute.
VDOT reminds motorists to always use extreme caution and reduce speed when traveling during winter driving conditions. For more information, visit www.511virginia.org, call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for the most current conditions and advisories. Information is also available on Twitter@VaDOTHR.
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