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VDOT Crews Gear Up For Winter Storm Across VA

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VIRGINIA - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across the state say they are preparing for winter weather to keep roadways and driving conditions as safe as possible. 

According to reports, VDOT anticipates snow, sleet and freezing rain to impact much of the state late tonight through early Monday morning, with the heaviest hit areas in the western and north central regions of the state. One to four inches of snow and ice accumulations are reportedly forecasted.

VDOT officials say crews have treated interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals in the Staunton, Salem, Northern Virginia and Culpeper regions, and will continue to work through the weekend and into the week treating and clearing roads.  VDOT has also reportedly coordinated with utility companies to prepare for possible power outages should downed tree branches and other debris hit power lines.

Officials say VDOT has activated a web-based neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods when it snows two inches or more. While they are in full preparation mode, they are asking motorists to make sure their vehicles are in proper driving condition for winter weather and have emergency kits.  During the storm, they say motorists should avoid driving on the roads.  According to reports, about 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.  

VDOT 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 their website, 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
  • Access a linkink on a video showing how to drive on ice and snow covered roads
  • Pay extra attention to bridges, overpasses and shady areas, which freeze first and can become very slick
  • Prepare for fast changing weather and road conditions

For more winter travel information, visit the VDOT website.

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