Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 29, 2014
WATCH FOR ICY CONDITIONS TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY
Motorists are urged to know the conditions before traveling
LYNCHBURG – (3 p.m.) Road conditions have improved significantly in of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today but motorists may still face some icy conditions tonight and early Thursday morning.
VDOT crews pushed snow in the hardest hit areas of the district and salt and abrasives were applied, as appropriate. Ample sunshine helped speed the melting process; however, temperatures remained cold throughout the day and are expected to be well below freezing tonight. Therefore, anything that thaws today may re-freeze to surfaces tonight.
The district will continue to have crews monitoring the situation and addressing problem areas during the overnight hours.
VDOT, once again, offers these winter driving tips:
- If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org or call 511
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Allow extra time for travel.
- When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
- Drive smart and pay attention.
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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