VDOT News - Statewide



Shannon Nicole Marshall


Feb. 6, 2021

Winter weather expected to impact many regions in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – As a winter storm is expected to bring snow to the state beginning on Saturday evening, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to clear roads as the storm progresses. Pretreatment options vary across the state as the storm is expected to start as rain in some locations. 

The weather event is expected to start late Saturday in the southwestern part of the state and expand across the Commonwealth into Sunday. Accumulating snow is possible in most areas.

VDOT urges motorists to monitor local forecasts and conditions, and avoid any travel during the storm, as snow or ice on roadways makes travel hazardous. 

Winter weather driving tips:

  • 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 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 virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.


 To report hazardous road conditions or talk to a customer service representative, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit online at my.vdot.virginia.gov.

  • VDOT recently 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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