Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 19, 2012
ROAD CONDITIONS DETERIORATE
Winter precipitation continues in south-central Virginia
LYNCHBURG —As of 9:30 pm, roads across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are generally snow covered and motorists are urged to use caution, if they must drive. Winter precipitation in the form of snow, as well as some freezing drizzle is being reported.
VDOT will continue to plow and/or treat state-maintained roads as needed throughout the event; however, roads will likely be icy overnight and through the early hours of Monday as temperatures remain at or near freezing.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and power lines.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
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