Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


Jan. 27, 2009

Winter weather may impact morning commute

LYNCHBURG – Temperatures across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are expected to be near or below freezing overnight, creating potential icy conditions, particularly on bridges and overpasses. Cold temperatures and wet roads could cause icy driving conditions through the morning rush hour. Motorists are advised to use caution.

Crews will be monitoring the situation to treat icy areas as needed, focusing on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in icy conditions:

  • Allow extra time to travel to your destination. Slow down!
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. In addition, entrance and exit ramps, intersections and crossovers may ice before roadways.
  • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
  • 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.

For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or at other times, call 511 or visit For additional information about VDOT, winter driving tips and other information, visit

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