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March 4, 2015



RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW ON TAP THURSDAY: VDOT IS READY
Temperatures expected to remain below or at freezing through Friday

RICHMOND, Va. –The latest weather forecasts call for another winter storm that will begin as rain in many areas before changing over to sleet, and then finally, snow.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is mobilizing and will have crews, staff, materials and equipment in place to deploy. Today, crews are pre-staging equipment and loading trucks with treatment materials. Crews will mobilize as needed across the state late tonight and into the early morning hours. Since the weather is expected to begin as rain, anti-icing pretreatment will not occur as it would not adhere to the roadway and wash away.

VDOT asks that motorists continue to monitor local weather forecasts as conditions may change rapidly. Delay or avoid travel during the storm. Use extreme caution as temperatures are expected to remain below or around freezing through Friday. Some areas will see temperatures in the single digits.

Warmer temperatures are forecast in many areas this weekend, but until driving conditions improve, please stay off the roads as conditions warrant and give crews and slow-moving equipment plenty of space to work. Never pass a plow as conditions can make it difficult for operators to see you.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

More Winter Weather Information

Keep these road conditions descriptions in mind throughout the storm:

  • Severe – Drifting snow or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
  • Moderate – Snow or ice on major portions of the road. Snow tires or chains advised.
  • Minor – Bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.

Winter Weather Information Sources

511

Road conditions and other real-time travel information is available for you by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia, on the 511 website, or via the free VDOT mobile app.

VDOT Website – VDOT’s website (www.virginiadot.org) has up-to-date news and information and you can see winter travel tips, photos and videos here: www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

Social Media Tools

VDOT continuously updates Facebook and the agency’s district and 511 Twitter accounts.

 

 

 

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