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Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Marshall.herman@vdot.virginia.gov
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Jan. 8, 2017



LOW TEMPERATURES COULD CREATE SLICK ROADS OVERNIGHT

Go to 511virginia.org to monitor latest road conditions

 

RICHMOND, Virginia – Motorists should continue monitoring road conditions overnight and into the morning as extremely low temperatures may cause slick conditions.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to make progress treating and plowing roadways. Most major road conditions are minor with areas of snow, ice or slush to moderate with snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Severe conditions exist in parts of the Hampton Roads region.

Here is what you need to know now:

  • Driving conditions remain hazardous in many areas. Low temperatures tonight will cause any remaining moisture on roadways to refreeze and create slick conditions. It’s best to stay off the roads through the weekend. 
  • Most roads are in moderate to severe condition in the Hampton Roads region. In addition to heavy snow, the region is experiencing high winds and blowing snow.
  • Across much of the state, interstate and primary road conditions are minor with areas of snow, ice or slush to moderate with snow or ice on major portions of the roadway, particularly in the central and southern areas Virginia.
  • In northern Virginia, conditions are not as severe. Freezing temperatures and light dusting will freeze with more snow in Stafford and Fredericksburg.
  • If you must be out, take it slow, leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, do not brake suddenly and make sure your car is in safe winter driving condition. Tires with good tread is critical! But BEWARE: controlling cars on icy roads is extremely difficult.
  • As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.
  • VDOT crews are focusing efforts on interstate and primary routes before treating and plowing roads on secondary and subdivision streets. 
  • Low temperatures will slow snow removal efforts and even when secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed snow will remain frozen on the road surface.
  • When clearing your driveway, shovel to the right. This will cause less snow to be plowed back into driveways.
  • Monitor road conditions by going to www.511virginia.org.
  • If you need more information or report a specific road-related problem, go to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/  or call 800-FOR-ROADS (800-367-7623).
  • For more information on winter travel, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

 

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