Richmond Emergency Information

Check here for the latest updates during severe weather.


Status Updates

4:30 p.m. Monday, January 14

  • Road conditions continue to improve throughout the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District as crews address icy patches and complete plowing operations.
  • Most roads in the region are currently in clear to minor condition, meaning that icy patches are still possible on portions of the roadway.
  • Through Monday night and into the Tuesday morning commute, motorists should continue to use extra caution. If pavement is wet, bridges, overpasses, ramps, hills and curves are more likely to experience refreeze.

4 a.m. Monday, January 14

  • Wintry mix stopped falling and temperatures are now hovering around freezing, which is causing icy conditions across the Richmond District. Crews continue to monitor, treat and plow roads.
  • Most roads in the region are in minor condition (meaning icy patches are still possible on portions of the roadway). In areas north and west of Richmond, secondary roads may be in moderate condition (meaning roads are more snow covered).
  • Extra caution should be used on all roads, especially near bridges, overpasses, ramps, hills and curves until temperatures rise.
  • Drivers should plan ahead, reduce speed and leave extra space between vehicles. Even when roads are treated, travel may be hazardous due to low temperatures and black ice. Drivers are encouraged to delay travel, if possible.

4 p.m. Sunday, January 13

  • A mix of rain, ice and light snow continues to work through the Richmond District Sunday afternoon into early Monday.
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will continue to closely monitor forecasts, pavement temperatures and road conditions in the area, treating slick spots and plowing slush as needed. Currently, all interstate routes in the Richmond District are clear, with clear to minor conditions on primary routes (numbered 1-599), and minor to moderate conditions on secondary routes.
  • Icy conditions and flash freezing are possible overnight and into Monday morning as temperatures are expected to fall. Crews will continue to treat icy spots with salt and sand into the morning commute. Salt is used to melt icy patches and sand provides traction for motorists.
  • Because of the varied types and amounts of precipitation in the Richmond District, drivers are encouraged to closely monitor their local forecasts and adjust travel to conditions in the area Monday morning.

4 a.m. Sunday, January 13

  • Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat roads as a mix of icy participation falls in the Richmond District this morning. VDOT urges drivers to avoid unnecessary travel and to plan ahead if travel is necessary.
  • Most interstates, primary and secondary roads in the Richmond District are in minor condition, meaning that snow or ice is partially covering portions of the roadway. Roads in Goochland and Hanover counties are in minor to moderate condition, meaning that icy patches or snow could cover major portions of the roadway.
  • Drivers may encounter ice and snow on the roads until temperatures rise. Crews are applying sand and salt to icy areas, especially bridges, overpasses, ramps, curves and hills. Sand is used to provide extra traction for drivers and salt helps to melt the ice.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12

  • Crews are monitoring road conditions and pavement temperatures as the storm progresses. Conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the night.
  • Crews are applying salt and sand as needed, paying attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps, curves and hills where slick patches are more likely to develop.
  • VDOT encourages drivers to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm to allow crews to safely and efficiently treat and plow the roads.

9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12:

  • Crews are preparing for potentially significant road impacts beginnig this afternoon.
  • VDOT and its contractors have been readying equipment and applying anti-icing treatment to major routes since Thursday, which will help prevent snow from bonding with the pavement. (Ice and snow can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated.)
  • Once the snow begins, crews will work in 12 hours shifts around the clock to treat the roads.
  • Ahead of the storm, VDOT advises drivers to prepare for travel impacts over the next few days. (Park cars in driveways to allow room for snow removal eqipment and avoid travel once storm begins as conditions will deteriorate.)

11 a.m. Thursday, January 10:

  • Crews are taking advantage of favorable conditions today and Friday to pretreat interstates and major primary routes with anti-icing materials.
  • Pretreatment is applied as a brine solution (which is a salt and water mixture) and it helps prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice.
  • Hazardous driving conditions are still possible, even when roads are treated.
  • Drivers should provide pretreatment crews with extra room on the roadways.

Information Resources

• Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to or download the mobile app at the 511 website.

• Report downed trees or hazardous road conditions – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit

• Follow VDOT on social media – For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva on Twitter. For general information, follow VDOT’s statewide Facebook page:

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We maintain over 18,000 lane miles of interstate, primary and secondary roads in these counties: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Prince George and Powhatan. Henrico County maintains its own secondary roads. 

To learn more about emergency operations in your county, visit:

Amelia County | Brunswick County | Charles City County | Chesterfield County | Dinwiddie County | Goochland County |  Hanover County | Henrico County | Lunenburg County | Mecklenburg County | New Kent County | Nottoway County | Prince George County | Powhatan County


Page last modified: Jan. 14, 2019