Jan. 26, 2011
CAUTION URGED SHOULD DRIVING BECOME NECESSARY (3:30 p.m.)
Motorists should be alert to conditions tonight and early Thursday
LYNCHBURG —As of 3:30 p.m. most roads in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are either wet or slush covered; however, conditions will likely worsen as the evening progresses. The Lynchburg District consists of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
Several inches of snow could fall this evening with the heaviest precipitation possible during evening drive time. Road conditions and visibility could decrease rapidly during this event.
Motorists need to be aware of road conditions if they must travel. Temperatures are expected to remain near freezing today and drop steadily 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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