VDOT urges motorists to avoid travel as snow continues to fall

Published 10:55 am Saturday, January 7, 2017


Approximately 2-5 inches of snow has fallen across the area, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues to strongly urge motorists to avoid travel during icy, snowy road conditions.

Roads across the area are in moderate condition, meaning that icy patches or snow could cover major portions of the roadway.

Snow is expected to continue falling mainly before noon, with a total daytime snow accumulation of 3-5 inches possible. This will reduce visibility and further impede travel.

Virginia State Police have spent the overnight hours responding to multiple calls across the commonwealth for disabled and crashed vehicles.

According to VDOT, crews are fully mobilized, working in rotating 12-hour shifts and are currently focused on clearing interstates and primary roads with salt and sand. Salt helps to melt the ice and sand provides extra traction for drivers. Crews are plowing roads that have at least 1-2 inches of snow accumulation. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of the storm’s end, by focusing first on interstates and primary roads (routes numbered 1-599). Passable does not necessarily mean the road will be clear, and with temperatures expected to be below freezing into next week, it is likely that some snow/ice will remain on surfaces.

If travel is essential, before leaving drivers should check www.511virginia.org or VDOT’s 511 mobile app or call 511 from any phone in Virginia. Individual road conditions can be found by visiting http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions. Additional information is also available on VDOT’s webpage at www.VirginiaDOT.org.
Weather related road issues can be reported by calling 1-800-FOR-ROADS (1-800-367-7623) or by going to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.