State police have responded to more than 6,600 calls for service since Friday

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police say the storm is far from over.

Temperatures will remain close to freezing today and roads are still covered in snow, making them slick and treacherous.

Police are still asking for Virginians to stay home on Sunday so that VDOT crews can clear and treat the roads. Fewer stuck and crashed vehicles on the highways makes for easier access for VDOT to get their job done.

Since Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police have responded to a total 6,626 calls for service, which includes 1,410 traffic crashes and another 2,040 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

The Hampton Roads region has experienced the most traffic crashes with state troopers responding to 537 crashes in our Chesapeake Division.

The Metro-Richmond and Northern Virginia regions have had the most disabled, stuck vehicles. State Police Richmond Division responded to 570 disabled vehicles while VSP Fairfax Division responded to 539 disabled vehicles.

Walking can also be very dangerous as people are forced to walk actually in the roads. If you DO have to walk, then please wear bright, reflective clothing, walk against traffic so you can see any oncoming vehicles and do not walk distracted (no texting or headphones.) Also, be sure you dress for the temperatures to avoid frostbite.

For road conditions, please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org. Do not 911 or #77.

If you must travel today, you should take the following safety precautions:

  • Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted

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