Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 25, 2013
MOTORISTS WARNED OF SLICK ROADS TUESDAY MORNING
VDOT crews will respond to forecast snow, sleet
CULPEPER — Motorists in Central Virginia are likely to encounter slick road conditions during their Tuesday morning commute due to the forecast wintry mix.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report for duty overnight and monitor conditions into Tuesday, responding as necessary to snow and sleet. Conditions are expected to improve later in the day as frozen precipitation turns to rain.
VDOT crews will treat the roads with a mixture of sand and salt once precipitation begins. The sand increases traction and the salt helps melt snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface.
Motorists are urged to check weather and highway conditions before early morning travel and consider delaying driving if slick conditions are reported in their area. Drivers should observe the following precautions:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of icy areas, particularly on shady spots and bridges and ramps, which tend to freeze first
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website 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.
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 online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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