Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 11, 2011
ICY ROAD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT
LYNCHBURG– The light drizzle that has fallen much of the day across the area should end during the early evening hours; however, motorists must continue to use caution if traveling tonight and during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
In the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), wet surfaces, temperatures below freezing and a steady wind may combine for favorable icing conditions on roads and other surfaces. Motorists should remain alert, particularly on bridges, ramps and overpasses. Crews will monitor roadways tonight and continue to apply abrasives to major routes.
Drivers can do their part by following these suggestions:
- Postpone unnecessary travel. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts. For real-time road conditions and weather forecasts visit, www.511Virginia.org.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed and keep a safe distance 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.
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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