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Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Feb. 8, 2016
VDOT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER IMPACTING MOST OF THE STATE
Motorists should use caution this afternoon and tomorrow morning, go to 511virginia.org for the latest road conditions
RICHMOND, Va.- Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are mobilizing in most areas of the state to prepare for winter weather beginning later today through tomorrow morning that will bring rain changing to snow, freezing temperatures and strong wind gusts.
Accumulating snow is expected in western parts of the state, including the western regions of Northern Virginia. Motorists should be cautious this afternoon and tomorrow morning as rain moves in with freezing temperatures overnight, especially west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
VDOT is applying anti-icing materials where effective, mainly on roads in the western part of the state. However, anti-icing operations will not take place on most Virginia roadways due to rain occurring before snowfall. The combination of rain and warm pavement washes away the treatment, making it ineffective. VDOT will continue to monitor this storm and adjust resources as needed.
Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach destinations, lower speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.
For more information:
- Latest road conditions – 511virginia.org, download the mobile app or call 5-1-1
- Report road hazards or ask questions – 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or report a problem.
- See VDOT’s winter travel info for general snow removal facts.