Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 30, 2010
VDOT URGES DRIVERS TO AVOID TRAVEL TONIGHT
6:15 p.m. update: Many roads are snow-covered; 1,800 trucks treating and plowing overnight
CHANTILLY – The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to avoid travel this evening, as icy conditions from continued snow and freezing temperatures are possible throughout northern Virginia.
As of 6 p.m., interstates in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties are passable, but drivers should expect snow on shoulders and outside lanes, as well as slick conditions in many areas. Primary roads and neighborhood streets remain snow-covered.
More than 1,800 trucks will continue to work throughout the night to treat roads and plow snow on secondary roads and neighborhood streets. As crews enter subdivisions, residents are asked to move cars to their driveways, or to park on the even-numbered sides of their streets if possible to help provide a path for plow drivers.
If travel is essential, drivers should be aware of current road conditions. Before leaving, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511 for up-to-date road conditions, incidents and traffic cameras.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Ensure windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
- Reduce speed and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car, including a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
- 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.
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