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March 24, 2013

Potential for slick driving conditions during rush hour

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District is prepared for a winter storm that could bring a wintery mix to the region through tomorrow morning. According to weather forecasts, rain and freezing rain overnight will change over to a snow/sleet mix as air and pavement temperatures drop early tomorrow. This will result in icy driving conditions during the morning commute for many parts of the Richmond area to include Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland, Hanover and Henrico counties. Drivers are encouraged to monitor weather conditions throughout this storm and be prepared to alter their travel plans, if necessary.

In areas where the pavement temperature is at or below freezing, once the wintery mix 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.

As this storm is expected to begin as rain, pre-treatment will be ineffective and therefore not used. VDOT monitors road conditions and pavement temperatures 24-hours a day from the VDOT Transportation Operations Center in Chester.

Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website,, 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.


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