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Jan. 23, 2016
HEAVIEST SNOW HIT VIRGINIA OVERNIGHT – MOTORISTS NEED TO STAY OFF ROADS TODAY WHILE CREWS CONTINUE SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS
Check 511virginia.org for road condition updates
RICHMOND – Winter storm Jonas revved up overnight, bringing snow accumulations up to 18 inches in many areas of the commonwealth. As the storm continues, so do snow removal efforts by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
The winter storm isn’t over and VDOT is preparing for up to three feet of snow across Virginia.
Roads continue to be plowed and treated around the clock. In areas with intense wind gusts, snow may have been pushed back onto roadways and require additional attention.
Motorists should stay off the roads to avoid treacherous conditions and give plows plenty of room to do their job.
What’s good to know now:
- Most roads throughout Virginia are in moderate to severe condition. Moderate condition means that a layer of snow or ice covers the roadway and severe means that significant amounts of snow remain on the road surface.
- Additional snow and cold temperatures will make driving conditions dangerous and travel is not encouraged.
- Visibility may be an issue due to blowing and drifting snow.
- Crews work to clear interstates and primary roads (routes numbered 1-599) first, then major secondary roads (routes numbered 600 and above) with vital emergency and public facilities, then other secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews first focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
- Throughout the storm, crews in Northern Virginia work on interstates, high-volume roads, and in subdivisions concurrently.
- Check on road conditions and view live cameras at 511virginia.org. In Northern Virginia, when snow reaches two inches or more, visit the online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing.
VDOT has approximately 2,500 crewmembers and more than 13,000 pieces of equipment, including plows, trucks and spreaders, for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to maintain the interstates throughout the commonwealth. Supplies are in good shape with over 650,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives and nearly two million gallons of liquid salt.
VDOT has a statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, allowing crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces are freezing. The agency remains in close coordination with state and local police and monitors weather reports to maintain a constant state of readiness.
Go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and www.virginiadot.org for all other travel related and transportation information. Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway. Get updates from VDOT on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT/ and on Twitter by following @VaDOT.
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.