Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 30, 2010
MOTORISTS URGED TO AVOID TRAVEL
Snow falling across area; heavy snow reported in some areas
LYNCHBURG – As of 4:00 a.m. snow was falling across much of the state and many roads in the ten-county Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) were snow covered.
Snow covered major portions of conditions primary and secondary routes in the counties of Appomattox, Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax, and Pittsylvania. Primary routes in Buckingham and Cumberland counties had patches of snow and secondary routes were covered. Significant accumulations of snow on all routes were reported in Prince Edward County and Amherst and Nelson counties had little snow on primary routes and secondary roads were snow covered.
VDOT crews are plowing snow in most areas; however, the rate at which the snow is falling and the wind are creating difficulties.
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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