VDOT Deployed To Clear Roadways Affected By Wintry Weather

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After 60 degree temperatures on Wednesday, it’s hard to believe that the wintry weather is back… but it’s here again!

As the day goes on, rain will change to sleet, which in some areas will change to snow. That snow will continue on through somewhere between 7 and 9 p.m. Click here for the latest on your StormTracker forecast.

VDOT has already plowed through its $150 million statewide snow removal budget.

However, State Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says VDOT will still be able to respond when snow starts falling today. Lane says snow removal is a safety issue and the department will pull from the general maintenance fund to keep roads clear.

VDOT is out on the roads this morning on standby in areas that may be affected. The most treacherous and icy areas are always going to be bridges, overpasses and shaded areas first.

“What we suggest for folks is that they just prepare themselves and arm themselves with the best knowledge before they try and travel. Know what the road conditions look like,” Lindsay LeGrand, spokesperson for VDOT said.

You can check road conditions anytime of day by checking their 511 smartphone application, calling the 511 number or visiting them online.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

· Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
· Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
· Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.

Click here for more tips for driving in winter weather from AAA. 

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