Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Feb. 14, 2015
VDOT BRACES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY WINTER STORM
Watch for snow, high winds and extreme cold
Download 511 mobile app to monitor road conditions
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are deployed statewide this afternoon with the highest mobilization in northern regions of the state as snow, falling temperatures and high gusty winds are expected to chill the state this weekend.
VDOT crews will treat roads with appropriate materials to prevent and reduce icing, clear snow and remove downed tree limbs and other debris from roadways.
Motorists are advised to do the following:
- Watch for high winds – 40 to 50 miles per hour beginning later today through Sunday morning; high winds are likely to cause downed trees and power lines and traffic signal outages
- Prepare for extreme cold temperatures, less than 20 degrees with high wind chills
- Ensure you and your vehicle are prepared to travel in extreme weather conditions; have extra blankets, food, water and backup power for phones
- Drive with extreme caution as snow and moisture on the road will freeze causing slick driving conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and shady areas
- Monitor weather reports
- Visit http://www.511virginia.org for the latest road conditions
- Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report downed trees, debris traffic outages.
You can also stay informed by monitoring VDOT’s social media channels.
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