Greg Bilyeu 804-786-4243


Feb. 18, 2015

Preparations for additional winter weather under way

RICHMOND, Va. – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are today focusing efforts on all secondary roads, neighborhoods and side streets. Current road conditions are clear to minor on interstate and primary roads, and minor to moderate on secondary roads.

VDOT crews are still working in 12-hour shifts across the commonwealth to clear roads as needed. Motorists are advised to be aware for possible refreeze – especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps – as temperatures drop drastically overnight into tomorrow morning.

Road conditions:

  • Severe – Drifting snow or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
  • Moderate – Snow or ice on major portions of the road. Snow tires or chains advised.
  • Minor – Bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.

Crews are also on stand-by for another arctic cold front that is expected to sweep across the commonwealth today, bringing a broken band of snow showers and squalls. The intensity of the snow will vary somewhat from location to location, but northern and western portions of the state could see one to two inches from this front.

The initial snow from this event is affecting the Bristol and western Salem areas and will reach central Virginia during the mid-afternoon hours and eastern areas this evening. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the storm’s end.

Winter weather driving tips:

Avoid travel if possible.

  • Slow down and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Use caution on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which tend to freeze first.
  • Be especially careful on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.

Winter-weather information sources:

511 – Call, Visit and Get the Free App

Check, or download VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state. Individual road conditions (searchable by jurisdiction or road type) can be found by visiting

VDOT Website

VDOT’s website ( has up-to-date news and information on agency news, projects and programs.

Customer Service Center: 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)

Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.

Social Media

VDOT updates are provided on Facebook and the agency’s various district and 511 Twitter accounts.


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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