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Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
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Nov. 25, 2014



WINTER WEATHER MAY EFFECT THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAVEL
Motorists urged to monitor weather and changing road conditions before and during travels

RICHMOND, Va. – Winter weather is expected in Virginia during the busiest travel day of the year. Snow and mixed precipitation is anticipated to impact portions of Virginia in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 26, and continue through the morning of Thursday, Nov. 27. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urges motorists to monitor weather reports, adjust travel schedules and avoid driving in potentially slick and icy conditions.

Though accumulation could be marginal in some areas, travelers are reminded that low temperatures may still produce hazardous driving conditions. Pavement temperatures will remain at or near freezing by late Wednesday afternoon and stay below freezing through Thursday morning. Drivers should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

Weather is forecasted to begin as rain late tonight and turn into snow overnight and will likely impact roads on the Interstate 81 corridor and portions of Interstate 95 near Northern Virginia on Wednesday.  Additional rain and snow is expected to come in Wednesday night and Thursday morning affecting the areas in and around Bristol, Salem, Lynchburg, and Northern Virginia on Thursday. Expected Thanksgiving travel congestion along with snow accumulations and potential icing could make travel difficult.

VDOT crews will begin deploying this evening and into the morning to begin monitoring weather conditions. Roads will not be pre-treated with anti-icing solution as rain will wash it away prior to the on-set of snow. Crews will treat roads as necessary to keep driving conditions as safe as possible.

VDOT advises motorists to call 511, visit www.511virginia.org or use the free VDOT 511 mobile app for updates on road conditions before attempting travel.

3-511_mobileIconIf driving is absolutely necessary, use the following winter weather driving tips and 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
  • Access the link below on a video showing how to drive on ice and snow covered roads - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnUwKTdKyLI&list=PL84A0942814F2FECC
  • Pay extra attention to bridges, overpasses and shady areas, which freeze first and can become very slick
  • Prepare for fast changing weather and road conditions

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

 

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