Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 19, 2012
Winter Weather Finally Makes An Appearance
South-central Virginia gearing up for several inches of snow
LYNCHBURG —Winter has been a long time coming but now that it is here it is likely to make its presence known in a big way. Portions of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) may get as much as seven inches of snow during the day today (Sunday, Feb. 19) and overnight into the early hours of Monday.
VDOT has been monitoring area road conditions and will plow and/or treat state-maintained roads as needed throughout the event.
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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