VDOT Crews Working to Clear Ice and Snow Across the State
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across the state
have been out in
force through the weekend treating roads to keep them as safe as
possible as a mix of wintry weather impacts the commonwealth. The
hardest hit areas are in the western and northwestern regions of the
state where snow and ice are causing minor to moderate conditions
on major roadways. Roads are mostly clear in the rest of the state, but
surfaces, particularly bridges, overpasses and shady areas may be slick.
are treating road surfaces with
chemicals to prevent icing and create better traction for travel. Roads
with the highest traffic volumes are treated and cleared first. These
are interstates and primary roads, then major secondary roads followed
by subdivision streets.
rain is expected to continue overnight for the Salem, Staunton,
Northern Virginia, northwest Fredericksburg, and far west Richmond
districts. This amount of ice will likely cause power line issues.
VDOT has coordinated with tree removal contractors and utility
companies to clear fallen tree branches and other debris
that may impact power lines.
Temperatures will slowly warm later tonight, with most areas changing to rain in time for the
rush hour commute Monday morning.
Motorists are urged to avoid driving on icy surfaces and call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org
to get the latest road condition information.
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