Richmond Emergency Information

Check here for the latest updates during severe weather.


Status Updates

Wednesday, February 20, 4 a.m. - With a mix of wintry weather falling across the Richmond District, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are closely monitoring roadways for potential slick spots. Drivers should use extra caution during the morning commute, as roads could be icy.

Drivers may encounter ice or snow on the roads until temperatures rise, 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.

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 before leaving for the latest road and traffic conditions.

Tuesday, February 19, 10 a.m. - Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are on the move, pre-treating most major roadways Tuesday as forecasted wintry weather heads towards the Richmond region. VDOT uses a salt and water brine solution that acts as a barrier between the pavement and any ice that forms.

VDOT asks drivers to provide pre-treatment crews with extra room on the roadways.

Drivers should watch weather forecasts closely to adjust travel plans, as needed, especially Wednesday morning.

For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit

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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Local Emergency Resources

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: Feb. 20, 2019