Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 26, 2011
BE ALERT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS IN SOUTH-CENTRAL VIRGINIA
LYNCHBURG —Motorists need to be aware of road conditions if they must travel this afternoon across most of the state. In the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), rain, sleet and snow have been reported today and wintry precipitation is expected to fall into this evening.
At 1 p.m. roads were generally wet and no reports had been received of icy conditions; however, this is expected to change quickly as snow moves across the area. The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
Several inches of snow are expected to fall with the heaviest precipitation possible during evening driving time. Driving conditions will deteriorate and visibility will decrease during this event.
Temperatures are expected to remain near freezing today and drop tonight. Travel overnight and into the early hours of Thursday morning may be difficult due to icy conditions and caution is urged.
If motorists must travel, they are encouraged to check the current weather and road conditions before leaving for their destination. Information is available by visiting www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511. In addition, motorists are urged to follow these winter driving tips:
- Make sure vehicles are winter weather ready and 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.
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