Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
March 12, 2017
THE GROUNDHOG WAS RIGHT: GET READY FOR MORE WINTER
Snow could affect evening commutes tomorrow, go to 511Virginia.org for updates
RICHMOND, Va. – Just when we thought spring was near, snow comes back in the forecast. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is expecting rain and snow to impact most of commonwealth beginning the afternoon of Monday, March 13, through the morning of Tuesday, March 14. Additional snow is also expected later in the week.
VDOT crews have started pretreating some roads in areas where it will be effective before the storm arrives. Pretreatment does not guarantee that roads won’t be slippery once precipitation arrives. These materials help to prevent ice bonding to the roads, which assist crews with snow and ice removal operations. These operations won’t occur in areas where the weather is expected to start as rain since it would wash away the treatment.
VDOT will continue monitoring the forecast. As conditions develop, VDOT contractors and crews will work around the clock to treat roads as needed.
The peak of the storm is expected to occur late Monday afternoon and during evening commute hours. Motorists should pay attention to the weather in their area, use extreme caution and adjust their work schedules to avoid travel during the storm. This will help keep travelers safe and allow crews the ability to perform snow removal operations more effectively.
Drivers should also be alert for black ice during morning commutes as low temperatures are expected overnight most of the week, making refreeze of snow and wet roads possible. If your sidewalk or driveway is slick, it’s a good indicator that the roads are too, and driving is not advised.
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.
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