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March 5, 2013

Greatest impacts north and west of Richmond

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District is prepared for a winter storm that could bring one to six inches of snow to the region by tomorrow evening, with the greatest impact to areas north and west of Richmond to include Hanover and Goochland counties. According to weather forecasts, a wintery mix of snow and rain is anticipated to fall early tomorrow and continue through afternoon rush hour. Driving conditions are expected to change rapidly as temperatures drop overnight, particularly on elevated surfaces. VDOT encourages drivers to monitor weather conditions throughout this storm and be prepared to alter their travel plans.

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.


VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance (includes snow removal) and construction activities along interstates and primary and secondary routes in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.

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.

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