Road conditions are improving this morning after snow, sleet and freezing drizzle fell across much of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday.
As of 8 a.m., primary roads in Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward Counties were either clear or had isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Major roads in Amherst and Nelson Counties varied in condition from clear to moderate. Moderate condition indicates that major portions of the road are covered with snow or ice.
Crews across the Lynchburg District worked throughout the day and night on Sunday pushing snow, as appropriate and applying salt and abrasives to road surfaces. Crews are working again today and once major roads are safe, crews will move their efforts to secondary routes.
Motorists are urged to remember that temperatures are expected to drop again this evening and that any moisture left on roadways will likely refreeze. Caution is important during the overnight hours and early into Tuesday morning.
Earlier Post from 5AM 3.25.13
Motorists who must travel this morning should use extreme caution as wintry weather and cold temperatures have created difficult driving conditions in many areas.
Moderate conditions are being reported on primary routes in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, and Campbell in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), while minor to moderate conditions on primaries are reported in Charlotte County, clear to moderate conditions in Nelson County and clear conditions in Cumberland, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward Counties. Minor conditions indicate that there is bare pavement with isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Moderate conditions mean that there is snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Crews across the Lynchburg District worked throughout the day and night on Sunday pushing snow, as appropriate and applying salt and abrasives to road surfaces. This work continues today. While crews have been able to make passes on some secondary roads, the continuing precipitation has kept them focused on the major roadways and conditions on secondary roads are generally moderate.
Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before traveling. 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.
WINTER DRIVING TIPS:
· Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
· Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
· Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
· Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
· Keep headlights on to increase visibility.
· Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
· When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.