Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Dec. 25, 2010
WINTRY PRECIPITATION COULD CREATE DRIVING WOES DURING HOLIDAYS
Drivers must be alert to changing conditions tonight and tomorrow
LYNCHBURG – While many people dream of a white Christmas, motorists may not be as happy with winter weather today and tomorrow. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across a significant portion of the state are working to keep the roads safe for holiday travelers.
Snow, rain and sleet have been reported in various portions of the state today and winter weather is expected to stay with us through Sunday. In the Lynchburg District of VDOT crews are currently (as of 1:15 p.m.) monitoring conditions; however, as the sun goes down and snow is expected to increase, crews will hit the roads to plow or apply abrasives and/or chemicals, as needed.
Snow is expected to continue until Sunday and motorists should use extreme caution should travel 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
The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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