Paula Miller 757-925-1660
Jan. 23, 2016
ICE, SNOW, HIGH WINDS AND COASTAL FLOODING CONTINUE TO IMPACT TRAVEL ACROSS HAMPTON ROADS
Overnight temperatures will hover near freezing
SUFFOLK- Travel conditions will remain dangerous tonight as snow falls, refreezing occurs and high winds combine with coastal flooding in the evening hours. Motorists are urged to avoid travel, if possible, as VDOT crews continue to clear interstates and primary and secondary routes. Crews spent the day applying abrasives to interstates on the Southside and Peninsula, in addition to primary and some secondary roads
With snow continuing to fall and temperatures around 30 degrees, roadway conditions on the Peninsula remain icy. Peninsula interstates and primary routes are reported to be in minor condition and secondary routes in moderate condition, with more than four and a half inches of snow reported in some areas.
On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, VDOT crews are busy with tree removal and downed power lines following last night’s snowfall. Parts of Accomack County received up to seven inches of snow. Coastal flooding remains another concern for the Shore as it braces for another high tide which is expected to bring additional coastal flooding between 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Refreezing occurred throughout the day contributing to a number of highway and roadway accidents.
Those motorists who have to travel are reminded to follow these traffic safety tips;
- Use headlights during periods of poor visibility
- Slow your speed so you don’t crowd VDOT plows
- Give yourself enough time to react to current travel conditions
- Don’t tailgate
- Allow a safe driving distance
- Keep your cars windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car
For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Motorists can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR and @511HamptonRoads.
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