RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is working overtime Thursday morning trying to make sure roads are clear.
Officials say that roads are snow covered and in mostly in moderate condition in the southern half of Virginia. Severe road conditions are being seen in the eastern shore region. Hardest hit areas are across southwestern and central Virginia, and the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions.
Minor conditions have been reported in the northern regions, including the I-81 corridor, Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
Crews are treating roads to prevent freezing and increase traction, and plowing where snow has accumulated, VDOT officials say.
Do not drive if you can avoid it! If you must be out, VDOT recommends these driving tips:
- Monitor your local weather and check out the latest road conditions before heading out the door by going to http://www.511virginia.org <http://www.511virginia.org>.
- Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
- When on the road, keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.
- Keep an “emergency winter-driving kit” in your car.
Major roadways with the highest traffic volumes, interstates and primary highways, are treated and plowed first. Once those roads are in good condition crews move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
Plowing through heavy snow can cause snow to accumulate in roadside gutters and on road shoulders – sometimes even blocking driveways. When this occurs, VDOT asks that you shovel snow to the right of your driveway as you face the road. This is to prevent snow from piling up again if your road is replowed.
Report downed trees, debris, traffic, and other outages to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).