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LYN-10-147

Dec. 16, 2010



ROAD CONDITIONS RAPIDLY CHANGING
Motorists urged to use caution if driving becomes necessary

LYNCHBURG—Snow is accumulating on major roadways across most of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and driving conditions are rapidly changing. 

The roads are becoming snow covered as precipitation continues to fall.   Crews are pushing snow where applicable and applying chemicals and abrasives, as needed.  No reports of sleet or freezing rain have been received; however, due to the cold pavement and air temperatures, snow is packing and becoming icy.  Motorists should use caution if driving becomes necessary. 

VDOT urges motorists to follow these winter driving tips:

  • Know the conditions! Before heading out, call 511 for the latest road conditions or visit www.va511.com .
  • Make sure your vehicle is winter weather ready and that all windows and lights are clear before driving.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Be especially aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses, low-lying areas and shady spots.
  • Drive with caution.  When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes or turn quickly. 

The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward. 

For additional winter weather driving tips and other relative information, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp     

 

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