Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6094
Dec. 7, 2013
UPDATE: VDOT PREPARED FOR WEEKEND WINTER STORM
December 7, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region can expect sleet and icy conditions early Sunday with the potential for small amounts of ice accumulation. Temperatures are expected to rise by mid afternoon Sunday followed by rain throughout most of the region.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been preparing trucks and equipment this week for the approaching storm and contacting hired equipment operators to ensure they have coverage in the event this storm significantly impacts travel in the region. Crews are on standby and will be dispatched as necessary once conditions are favorable for ice accumulation on the roads and bridges. Crews are currently pretreating I-95 north of the James River, I-295, I-64 and Route 288 with a salt and water brine solution.
VDOT recommends drivers limit travel on Sunday if they can. If traveling cannot be avoided, please use the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Charge mobile devices before the storm arrives in case of power loss and emergencies.
- If travel is necessary give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
- Use Virginia’s 511 system to check for road conditions and incidents.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas on bridges and overpasses, as those areas freeze first.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are treating the roads.
- Treat spreaders as you would emergency-response vehicles. Do not follow or pass too closely.
- If you encounter a traffic signal out of service, the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.
- If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.
For additional winter weather information, visit 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 YouTube. To view the videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.