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Feb. 16, 2016



VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO AVOID TRAVEL OVERNIGHT
Snow and freezing rain make for hazardous driving conditions, road condition updates can be found at 511virginia.org

RICHMOND, Va. – Motorists should avoid travel overnight as freezing rain and wet surfaces leave a frozen glaze on pavement, making for hazardous driving conditions. Several crashes have been reported tonight.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will continue to work through the night and early morning hours to treat roads.  Even treated roads can be difficult to drive on due to icy conditions.  

Crews made a great deal of progress in removing snow on interstate and primary roads today.  Most of them are in minor to moderate condition, clear with some portions covered with snow and ice.  While the pavement appears to be clear, expect slick conditions and black ice. Many secondary roads and subdivision streets, particularly in the southwestern region of the state, are snow and ice covered as crews focus their efforts on keeping the major roads clear before treating secondary routes.  

Forecasted warmer temperatures are expected to improve road conditions tomorrow.

What’s good to know now: 

  • Limit travel overnight.  Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
  • Before heading out, check out road conditions by going to 511virginia.org.
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, particularly for the morning commute.
  • Take it slow and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Allow slow-moving equipment crews, such as snow plow operators, the right of way.
  • No sudden breaking.  Gradually come to a stop.

Call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask questions or report problems at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.

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