Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 30, 2010
LYNCHBURG DISTRICT ROAD CONDITIONS
4 p.m. update
LYNCHBURG – Snow continues to fall across much of the state. As of 4:00 p.m., snow totals from 6 to 12 inches were reported in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
VDOT crews are continuing to work 12-hour shifts and will do so until all roads are passable. Currently, most primary routes remain snow covered, as do many secondary routes However, secondary roads in Buckingham, Cumberland, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward counties have significant accumulations of snow and conditions are hazardous.
Light snow is predicted to fall for much of the evening and, at times, some freezing drizzle may mix in. With temperatures in the teens, roads and bridges will remain slick.
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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