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Jan. 31, 2010



THAW-FREEZE CYCLE BEGINS
Motorists urged to maintain vigilance

LYNCHBURG -- While the snow has ended and thawing has started, icy conditions remain across  the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and travel remains hazardous.

VDOT crews have continued to address conditions on major roadways and began moving to secondary routes in most areas. Sunny conditions and warmer temperatures have helped with the clean up; however, cold temperatures tonight will refreeze anything that has thawed and black ice is possible.

Over night and early tomorrow morning, motorists should continue their vigilance.
• 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.
• 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.
• First and foremost, know the conditions before hitting the road. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.

The Lynchburg District consists of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

 

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