VDOT: Road conditions improving across Central Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As the snowfall begins to taper to flurries, conditions on area roadways are improving, according to VDOT.

VDOT reported at around 12 p.m. that major highways were clear of snow and wet, but many secondary roads are reported in minor condition, meaning they have patches of slush and snow on the road surface.

VDOT crews have plowed and/or treated roughly 19,000 miles in Central Virginia.

All roads in the Richmond District remain in clear to moderate condition, which means anything from icy patches to snow coverage is possible. An overnight drop in temperatures will increase the possibility of refreeze on wet pavement, so crews will continue to tackle icy patches as they form.

A Virginia State Police spokesperson said that from 12 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., troopers responded to 268 traffic crashes and 126 disabled vehicles statewide, with the majority of the crashes being reported in the State Police Salem and Appomattox divisions.

If travel is necessary, State Police advises people to:

  • Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.
  • Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.
  • Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Slow speed for conditions.
  • Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
  • Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.

As the storm progresses, VDOT says crews will be working in full force operations to treat and plow roads as needed. Crews began pretreating on Sunday, applying a saltwater brine solution to form a barrier between the pavement and any snow accumulation.

VDOT said drivers should pay extra attention to areas that are more likely to experience ice accumulation, such as bridges, ramps, turns and hills.

Meteorologist Matt DiNardo says the steadiest of the snow will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Metro Richmond should expect total snow accumulations of about 1 to 3 inches and areas south and west of Richmond should expect 3 to 5 inches.

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