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VDOT Anticipates Winter Weather, Advises Caution

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Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

CULPEPER — Motorists should use extreme caution on roads in Central Virginia tonight and early Friday morning as the area receives its first winter precipitation of 2014. Though little snow accumulation is expected, moisture on the road surface will combine with dropping temperatures to create black ice.

VDOT crews in the Culpeper District will work overnight to treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and speed the melting process. Crews will focus their efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and move to secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above, as conditions warrant.

Motorists who must travel should expect to encounter slick conditions beginning this evening. The forecast also calls for high winds overnight, which may bring down power lines, trees and other debris. VDOT offers the following safety tips to the traveling public:

· Be prepared. Have emergency supplies in your car. Be sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter (check tires, antifreeze, windshield wipers, lights, heater, oil, etc).

· Be patient. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader. Drive gently — don’t slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel — to avoid your car spinning out of control.

· Be vigilant. Reduce speed. Pay close attention, especially when visibility is low. Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Never attempt to drive across or step over fallen utility lines. Always wear your seat belt.

Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

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