VDOT News - Statewide
Shannon N. Marshall, APR
Feb. 11, 2021
SLICK, ICY CONDITIONS COULD POSE HAZARD ON ROADS
VDOT advises drivers to plan ahead and exercise caution
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to be aware of changing road conditions as the Commonwealth approaches another round of wintry weather.
VDOT crews are prepared for a range of weather conditions – from freezing rain and sleet to snow – that are expected to impact portions of Virginia Thursday evening and Friday. Another wave of frozen precipitation is forecasted for Saturday. Significant icing and snow accumulation could occur in some areas.
There is no safe way to travel during icy conditions. If there is ice or snow on the road, travel is hazardous; motorists should avoid travel during the storm. Remember that less traveled roads, shady spots, ramps and bridges are likely to freeze first.
Motorists are urged to monitor local forecasts and plan travel around – not during – the storm. A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice or snow accumulates on roadways. Road conditions may change rapidly and impacts will vary over the next few days as dynamic elements of precipitation move through Virginia.
Tree crews and heavy equipment are on standby to assist as needed with downed trees, branches and other debris.
Winter weather driving tips
- Do not travel if conditions are icy.
- Give crews time and room to treat roads.
- If you must travel during adverse weather conditions:
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you. Brake very lightly to keep your tires from slipping on pavement
- Do not pass snow plows.
- Visit www.511Virginia.org for the latest road conditions before traveling. If possible, avoid travel until precipitation stops and road conditions improve.
For more information on winter weather travel, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
To report hazardous road conditions or talk to a customer service representative, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit online at my.vdot.virginia.gov.
VDOT has partnered with Waze to add a new feature to the navigation software app that allows users to report, in real-time during winter weather, when a road has not been plowed. It will also inform travelers when they are approaching a road that has been identified by other drivers as unplowed.
Traffic information is also available on Twitter @511statewideVA; for general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.
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