Greg Bilyeu 804-370-8109

Feb. 20, 2015

Avoid travel during weekend winter weather event

RICHMOND, Va. – Another winter storm is forecast for a large portion of the commonwealth, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will have the staff, materials and equipment ready and in place to deploy early Saturday. VDOT asks that motorists continue to monitor local weather forecasts and delay, or avoid travel, during the storm. Use extreme caution as road conditions may change rapidly.

Today, crews continue to work problem areas from earlier weather and additional personnel will report Saturday morning to address possible snow and ice accumulation. As tomorrow’s snow concludes, warmer temperatures and rain are forecast in many areas in the afternoon and evening.

Watch out for slow-moving equipment on the roads and allow for extra space around vehicles. Do not pass plows unless absolutely necessary. When driving on snow and ice, accelerating, stopping and turning all take more time (and space) than on dry pavement. Drive slowly and give yourself time to maneuver. The more space you allow between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead, the more time you will have to avoid a potential hazard.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. 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).

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VDOT Website

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