Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Jan. 27, 2013
RAIN plus FRIGID TEMPERATURES = POSSIBLE ICY PATCHES TOMORROW MORNING
Areas north and west of Richmond at higher risk of black ice
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Rain showers combined with consistently low air and pavement temperatures in the region could result in icy driving conditions during tomorrow morning’s rush hour for areas north and west of Richmond.
Once the rain starts to fall, VDOT and contractor crews will apply sand and salt to moist pavement as needed, focusing on areas that typically freeze first – bridges, overpasses and ramps. The sand provides traction and salt helps to melt ice. However, drivers must reduce their speed in icy conditions, even when roads have been treated.
Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before traveling. The website 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.