For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2014
Tamara Rollison, 804-786-2715 (office) -804-335-5758 (cell)
Statewide - Motorists Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather as Rain, Sleet and Snow are Expected Tonight
Motorists need to be prepared for another round of winter weather, expected to bring rain, sleet and snow across Virginia tonight. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be out in force where needed to clear roads.
“We had a spring-like weekend that is shifting into closing as a major storm,” said VDOT Chief Engineer Garrett Moore. “Weekend getaway travelers who took advantage of the warm weather may not realize what they could be potentially driving into as they return home later this evening. As a precaution, plan to avoid or limit travel tonight as VDOT crews will be treating and clearing roads as necessary.”
Information for motorists:
- 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
- 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) toreport 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
- Drive with extra care on bridges and overpasses as they freeze first
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. In northern Virginia, crews work on high‐volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently.
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.