Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 25, 2012
VDOT READY FOR FORECAST WINTER STORM
Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work later this evening to prepare for the winter storm that is forecast to affect Central Virginia beginning early Wednesday morning. The crews will prepare their snowplows, salt spreaders and other equipment to respond when conditions warrant. Some equipment will be pre-positioned on interstates and primary highways.
Depending on their location and destination motorists may encounter a variety of weather conditions during their travels overnight and through the day on Wednesday. Precipitation may vary from snow to freezing rain, sleet and heavy rain in different regions of Virginia and nearby states.
Travelers should check VDOT’s 511 travel web site, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The web site is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s “511” mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
During bad weather motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions. Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available on the Web, www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
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