Governor McAuliffe Announces VDOT Is in High Response Mode for Another Round of Winter Weather

Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260 | VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-786-2715 (office) -804-335-5758 (cell)
28 Jan 2014

Resources deployed to southeastern Virginia, where snow storm is expected to have highest impact 

RICHMOND –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are prepared and ready for the second major snow fall this month.  While much of the state will experience some light snow, the hardest hit area is expected to be the Hampton Roads region.  Crews have already treated roads with anti-icing materials and will continue to work around the clock to keep roads as clear as possible.

“While VDOT has prepared state maintained roads for snow and ice, the agency has also reached out to localities and cities in the Hampton Roads region to offer additional assistance to their snow removal efforts,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “VDOT trucks, supplies and operators from other parts of the Commonwealth are being deployed to southeastern Virginia to help with snow removal efforts.  This is critical so that emergency and other essential vehicles can use the roads during the height of the storm.  Motorists should avoid or limit traveling tonight and tomorrow in southeast Virginia due to expected slick conditions.”

Snow accumulations of at least four to eight inches are in the forecast for the Hampton Roads and southeastern regions, with precipitation beginning later today.  Other parts of the state will also experience snow.  The Richmond region may see two to five inches of snow, and lighter snow in the rest of Virginia. 

Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:

  • Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
  • Avoid driving during the storm
  • Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car
  • Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
  • Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information
  • You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to  report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center
  • When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down 

Road priorities

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. 

A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.

For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.