Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


Jan. 20, 2009

Light snow and freezing temperatures may create hazardous conditions

    LYNCHBURG – Motorists should be alert for icy conditions during their travels this morning in portions of south-central Virginia. Snow has fallen on roads in Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties and cold temperatures are creating some travel woes.

    In Pittsylvania County, Route 729 (Kentuck Road) is closed because of icing and reports of numerous accidents. Icy conditions are also reported in other locations.

    Motorists should be aware of current traffic and weather conditions if traveling. Before traveling, call 511 or visit for the latest conditions.

    VDOT offers the following tips for driving in icy conditions:

    • Allow extra time to travel to your destination. Slow down!
    • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. In addition, entrance and exit ramps, intersections and crossovers may ice before roadways.
    • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
    • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
    • Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.

    Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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