VDOT: Plan travel around hazardous weather for next 2 days

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging people to prepare for winter weather that will affect the state this evening, into tomorrow. 

According to VDOT, forecasts vary by location, but include a range of rain, sleet, snow and ice.

VDOT is urging people to plan travel around the storm, not during the storm.

A spokesperson for the department says crews are already pretreating roads where conditions allow it. 

“Because forecasts indicate the possibility of significant amounts of sleet, freezing rain and ice in many areas, VDOT is coordinating with tree removal crews and utility companies in case of issues with downed trees and power outages,” VDOT said in a statement to News Channel 11. 

VDOT has provided the following list of tips for people to follow during this stretch of weather. 

  • Motorists are never advised to drive during a storm – it is not safe and hinders snow plowing operations.
  • Give crews time to plow roads.
  • Crews focus efforts on roads that carry the most traffic. During a storm, interstates and primary roads are cleared first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and then other secondary roads and subdivision streets.
  • Go to www.511virginia.org for the latest road conditions before traveling.
  • If you must travel on snowy roads:
  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Brake very lightly to keep your tires from slipping on pavement.
  • Do not pass snow plows.

The latest road conditions are available at www.511virginia.org, through the free mobile app or by phone.

People can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) for more information. 

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