RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – As snow changes over to sleet and freezing rain in the Richmond area, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to work around the clock to treat and clear state-maintained routes.
Roads in the Richmond area are in minor to moderate condition, VDOT officials say, meaning that snow could cover icy patches to major portions of the roadway. Drivers are encouraged to limit travel until roads are passable.
VDOT is 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 one to two inches of snow accumulation.
Drivers should limit travel as icy precipitation will continue to create hazardous travel conditions and crews are able to address roads more quickly with less traffic.
If traveling is unavoidable, drivers are reminded to be prepared for changing conditions throughout the day. Even when roads are treated, travel may remain hazardous due to low temperatures and icy precipitation, particularly on curves, bridges, overpasses, ramps and shady areas.
If travel is absolutely necessary:
- Watch for black ice and avoid sudden starts and stops;
- Watch for downed trees and power lines in areas with heavy icing;
- Slow down and allow slow-moving equipment such as snow plows the right of way.
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