Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715

Feb. 16, 2015

Motorists urged to avoid travel tonight and tomorrow morning

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8:15 p.m.

RICHMOND – Heavy snow is falling across the state tonight. Roads are mostly in moderate condition, meaning they are passable but major portions of pavement are snow covered and slick.  Motorists are urged to limit or avoid travel tonight and tomorrow morning as the storm brings up to a foot of snow in the western region of the state and five to nine inches of snow across the commonwealth.  Freezing rain and sleet are also expected.  Combined with dangerously low temperatures, driving conditions are treacherous. 


A glance at road conditions as of 8 pm.  Blue: moderate.  Light blue: minor.

Purple: Severe.  Go to  for real-time info.






What motorists should expect and do:

  • Hazardous driving conditions during the storm; numerous accidents have occurred on roadways tonight.
  • Major roadways are being treated and plowed, but road surfaces are slick.
  • Don’t travel during the storm.
  • Monitor weather reports and road conditions.
  • Prepare for extreme cold conditions, including having blankets, water, food, charged phone, flash lights and the right clothing in your car.

What is happening now:

  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contract forces are applying sand and abrasives to road surfaces to reduce icing and plowing accumulated snow. 
  • Crews are plowing the most heavily traveled roads first, which are interstates and primary roads.  Once those roads are in good condition crews will move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
  • In Northern Virginia, crews plow and treat interstates, major roads and neighborhoods concurrently. Once two inches have fallen, residents can enter their address at to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.
  • Safety Service Patrols are driving the roadways, assisting with clearing stalled and wrecked vehicles.
  • VDOT has wreckers strategically located along major roadways to help clear accidents, and get stalled or wrecked vehicles out of the way to keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible.
  • VDOT’s operations centers are monitoring cameras and keeping in close coordination with police, VDOT field offices and other emergency responders to clear roads.
  • The Customer Service Center is fielding calls from citizens on road conditions and other issues, such as downed trees and other safety hazards.
  • Support staff statewide is making sure there are enough materials, resources and staffing to fight the storm.

Information resources:

Go to for road conditions and for all other travel related and transportation information.

Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway.

You can also stay informed by monitoring VDOT’s social media channels.




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