State Police busy responding to crashes, stuck vehicles across the state
Published 1:06 pm Saturday, January 7, 2017
The Central Virginia, Hampton Roads and Southside Virginia regions continue to be the busiest for Virginia State Police (VSP) troopers’ calls for service Saturday. Fortunately, the majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles and there have been no reported traffic fatalities in Virginia.
Lunenburg County has seen between 6-7 inches of snow.
“Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to treat and plow roads in the Richmond District as snow lingers around the region,” an agency spokeswoman said. “Roads in the area are currently in moderate to severe condition, meaning that icy patches or snow covers major portions of the roadway. Motorists should continue to stay off the roads.”
VDOT crews and contractors are focusing efforts on interstates and primary routes before treating and plowing lesser traveled secondary and subdivision streets. While the snow continues, crews make multiple passes on the major roads to keep them clear enough for emergency vehicles to travel. Temperatures are forecasted to remain below freezing, creating hazardous driving conditions, including black ice.
Road conditions remain treacherous, and Virginians are still advised to stay off the roads.
From midnight Saturday through noon Saturday, VSP have responded to 325 traffic crashes and 322 disabled vehicles statewide. During the same 12-hour period, Virginia State Police have received a total of 1,124 calls for service.
As of 11:45 a.m., troopers are still on scene of 37 traffic crashes and 35 disabled vehicles statewide.
Snow continues to fall in the Heart of Virginia. It could be heavy at times, with the bulk of snowfall expected to come before 3 p.m. A total daytime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible.
Tonight, skies should be clear, with a low around 7 degrees.