Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 18, 2014
LIGHT SNOW MAY AFFECT ROADS AGAIN EARLY SUNDAY
Motorists should expect some slippery spots on Central Virginia highways
CULPEPER — As winter storms continue their nighttime blitzes across Central Virginia, motorists are again cautioned to anticipate some slippery conditions early Sunday morning. The latest storm is forecast to produce snow late Saturday night into Sunday morning, and while no significant accumulation is expected the snow coupled with sub-freezing air and pavement temperatures will likely cause some slick spots on area roads.
Motorists who are planning to travel overnight or early Sunday morning should check the weather and road conditions before they leave and allow extra time for their trip. Slick conditions are most likely on secondary roads, roads at higher elevations, the mountain crossings and on ramps, bridges and overpasses.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will monitor conditions in the Culpeper District’s nine counties and address conditions once the snow begins. They will treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and speed the melting process. Crews will focus their efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and move to secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above, as conditions warrant.
VDOT offers the following safety tips to the traveling public:
- Be prepared. Have a winter emergency kit in your car. Be sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter (check tires, antifreeze, windshield wipers, lights, heater, oil, etc).
- Be patient. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader. Drive gently — don’t slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel — to avoid your car spinning out of control.
- Be vigilant. Reduce speed. Pay close attention, especially when visibility is low. Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Never attempt to drive across or step over fallen utility lines. Always wear your seat belt.
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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