Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715


March 17, 2014

Low temps overnight bring possibility of refreeze and black ice

RICHMOND – Snowfall is expected to taper off today after up to a foot of heavy wet snow fell across the Commonwealth of Virginia Sunday evening and Monday morning. Most major roads are reported in minor condition, with some snowy patches and black pavement in areas.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed and allow extra space between vehicles during travel today and tonight. Cold temperatures could keep roads slippery through the afternoon and into overnight hours. Bridges, overpasses, ramps and curves tend to freeze first, so drivers should use extra caution and watch for black ice.

Crews are now turning their focus to secondary roads (routes numbered 600 and above). With interstates and primary routes (routes numbered 1-599) mostly clear, crews are using salt and sand to combat slick conditions in and around neighborhoods. Salt is used to prevent ice from bonding with the pavement and sand provides drivers with extra traction in slick spots. Crews will continue to monitor all roads and treat as needed.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week, at 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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