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Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
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RICH-1204

Feb. 18, 2012



VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM TOMORROW

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region can expect the rain tomorrow to change to snow in the evening with potentially 1-4 inches accumulation overnight. Below freezing temperatures Sunday night and early Monday morning could result in icy driving conditions.

To prepare for this storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractors    mobilized equipment and loaded trucks with road treatment materials yesterday. Crews in the areas hardest hit by this storm will work 12-hour shifts until all state-maintained routes are passable. Since this storm is expected to begin as a rain event for the Richmond region, anti-icing chemicals cannot be applied ahead of time. VDOT will continue to monitor the track of this storm and adjust resources as needed.

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.

For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC.

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