Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 20, 2012
MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT TO ICY SURFACES
Icy conditions likely through early morning
LYNCHBURG —As of 4:30 a.m., major roads across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are generally clear of snow but icy patches are possible. Most secondary routes remain snow or ice covered at this time. The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
VDOT will continue to plow and/or treat state-maintained roads as needed. Roads may remain icy for the early hours of today and any moisture left on the roads due to melting will likely refreeze overnight and into the early hours of Tuesday.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach 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 power lines.
- 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.
For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
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