For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2014
Shannon N. Marshall Office: 804-371- 6844, Cell: 804-517-2686
VDOT Read;y for Next Round of Winter Weather
Get the latest road conditions before you travel at www.511virginia.org
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for the next round of winter weather forecasted to hit the commonwealth beginning late tonight and tomorrow. Much of the state will first experience rain, which will turn to a wintry mix, and then snow.
Current weather forecast information indicates the highest winter weather impacts to be the western and northern regions of the commonwealth. Extremely cold temperatures are forecasted after the storm which means refreezing and icy conditions after roads are plowed.
VDOT crews are monitoring conditions and are on standby to treat roadways tonight and into Monday. VDOT will plow interstate and primary roads first and then the more heavily traveled secondary roads. They will work 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day with the goal of making at least one pass on all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.
“Please monitor your local news stations for the latest conditions, check 511 before you travel and give the snow plows and other emergency vehicles plenty of room to complete their operations,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “Whenever possible, delay travel to allow conditions to improve.”
Citizens are encouraged to use VDOT’s various platforms for information updates. The www.511Virginia.org website has a road conditions map and a listing of individual roads and current conditions.
You can also find updates on VDOT’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT) and Twitter accounts (see list below). The www.VirginiaDOT.org website has press releases from around the state and other VDOT information related to VDOT activities. Questions about service to individual roads can be directed to the VDOT customer service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
Follow these District Twitter feedsfor local updates:
- Northern Virginia – @VaDOTNOVA
- Fredericksburg – @VaDOTFRED
- Hampton Roads – @VaDOTHR
- Richmond – @VaDOTRVA
- Staunton – @VaDOTStaunton
- Statewide – @VaDOT
Follow these 511 Twitter feeds for around-the-clock updates in your area:
- Northern Virginia – @511northernva
- Central Virginia – @511centralva
- Hampton Roads – @511hamptonroads
- Northwest Virginia – @511northwestva
- Southwest Virginia – @511southwestva
- Statewide – @511statewideva
Road Condition Definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
Winter Weather Travel Tips:
- Know the conditions before you go. Check www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Allow extra time for travel.
- When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.