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Jan. 20, 2014



VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR STATEWIDE WINTER STORM

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across the state are conducting anti-icing operations today in preparation for a statewide snow storm expected to hit the western region of the state later today with freezing rain and snow.

Tomorrow, significant snows are likely to fall over much of the state. Strong winds in western Virginia are likely to cause blowing and drifting snow. Extremely cold temperatures will move into the state and last through Thursday.

Currently, crews are treating interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals. Anti-icing helps to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the roads.

Crews will be out in force overnight and through the duration of the storm, treating icy roads and plowing snow. While VDOT is in full preparation mode, motorists are urged to make sure their vehicles are in proper driving condition for winter weather and have emergency kits. During the storm, motorists should avoid driving on the roads.

About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.

Winter weather driving tips and other preparations: ·

  • Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions 
  • Avoid driving during the storm 
  • Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car 
  • Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages 
  • Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information 
  • You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center 

When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down

Road priorities and neighborhood snow plow tracker VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets.

A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.

VDOT has activated a web-based neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods when it snows two inches or more. Available at http://www.vdotplows.org/, VDOT will be testing the tracker concept in other parts of the state this year to determine which regions are best suited for the wireless technology required for the system.

For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

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