Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Britt Drewes Farrar 804-225-4491
Jan. 13, 2015
DRIVERS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION TONIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW
VDOT crews are prepared statewide
RICHMOND, Va. – According to weather forecasts, many areas across the state can expect sleet, freezing rain and icy conditions late tonight and early Wednesday. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been preparing trucks and equipment for the approaching storm and are ready in the event travel is significantly affected.
VDOT will spot treat certain routes before the storm. Since this storm is expected to begin as freezing rain in some areas, anti-icing chemicals may not be applied ahead of time. VDOT will continue to monitor the track of this storm and adjust resources as needed.
Motorists are advised that roads are likely to be slick and icy during the Wednesday morning commute. Drivers may encounter ice on the roads, particularly on bridges, overpasses, shaded and low-lying areas.
Crews will apply sand and salt as necessary to improve traction on the roads and help melt ice.
Closely monitor weather and road conditions and delay travel or make alternate arrangements when possible. Once on the road, reduce speed, increase following distance and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. If you see a slow-moving snowplow or other vehicles treating roads, slow down and give the operators the right of way for their safety and yours.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in potentially icy conditions:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and moving equipment.
- If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.
- Check 511 before leaving for the latest road and traffic conditions.
For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s website includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org.
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