Dec. 28, 2012

Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions

Crews in the mountainous portions of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), primarily Amherst and Nelson Counties, will report to work later this evening to prepare for a winter storm that is forecast to affect the area late tonight and into Saturday.  In addition, employees assigned to other areas of the district will monitor conditions and will activate as necessary.

Depending on location and destination motorists may encounter a variety of weather conditions during their travels overnight and through the day on Saturday. Precipitation may vary from snow to a wintry mix or rain across the Lynchburg District, as well as the rest of the state. 

Following this storm, winds may increase and another storm could materialize late Monday (New Year’s Eve) into Tuesday (New Year’s Day). 

Travelers should check VDOT’s 511 travel web site,, before leaving on a trip. The web site is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s “511” mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

During bad weather motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions. Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.

The Lynchburg District is composed of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward in the south-central portion of the commonwealth.        

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