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VDOT Advises Drivers to Stay Off Roads Due to Extremely Low Temperatures

From the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews focused overnight on removing snow from Interstate 95 and primary roads.

Crews continue to make progress treating and plowing roadways. Some 30 crews from the Fredericksburg area left Saturday night to respond to the Middle Peninsula, where snow accumulations are about 10 inches.

Most major road conditions in the Fredericksburg and Northern Neck areas are minor, with possible slick spots due to the low temperatures.

Editor’s Note: Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 24, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chill values will be as low as -1. Expect a northwest wind 11 to 13 miles-per-hour, with gusts as high as 20 miles-per-hour.

Severe and moderate conditions still exist in the Saluda area. In addition to heavy snow, the coastal areas are experiencing high winds and blowing snow.

Driving conditions remain hazardous in many areas. With below-freezing temperatures, slick conditions are possible across the region. It’s best to stay off the roads until temperatures rise.

Crews will stay mobilized in emergency operations, working 24 hours a day, in 12 hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel.

What Residents Should Know
If you must be out, take it slow, leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, do not brake suddenly, and make sure your car is in safe winter driving condition.

Tires with good tread are critical! But BEWARE: controlling cars on icy roads is extremely difficult.

As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.

VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable 48 hours after a storm’s end. Passable is defined as an 8-foot to 10-foot path that is drivable with caution. The road will not necessarily be cleared curb-to-curb, or have bare pavement.

VDOT crews are focusing efforts on interstate and primary routes before treating and plowing roads on secondary and subdivision streets.

Shoveling a driveway? While facing the street, shovel to the right. This will reduce the amount of snow plowed back into driveways.

Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.

Due to the variable amount of snowfall across the Fredericksburg District, equipment levels may vary. If fewer than 2 inches of snow accumulated in a geographic area, and snow plowing is not underway in neighborhoods, then the snow plowing status will be based on primary roads.

511Virginia
Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

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