Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Dec. 16, 2010
WINTRY MIX CREATES DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS
Motorists urged to use caution tonight and tomorrow morning
LYNCHBURG—A wintry mix has fallen across much of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and driving is difficult in many locations.
As of 4 p.m.., light snow, sleet and freezing rain were reported in various portions of the District. The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
Temperatures are currently below freezing and weather forecasts do not predict any significant warm up at this time. Any moisture that remains on surfaces will likely freeze and driving could be hazardous through tomorrow morning. Crews will continue to work 12-hour shifts for the duration of the storm, including clean up. They will be applying chemicals and abrasives, as needed, and working on secondary routes.
Should driving become necessary, VDOT urges motorists to follow these winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions! Before heading out, call 511 for the latest road conditions or visit www.va511.com .
- Make sure your vehicle is winter weather ready and that all windows and lights are clear before driving.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Be especially aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses, low-lying areas and shady spots.
- Drive with caution. When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes or turn quickly.
For additional winter weather driving tips and other relative information, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
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