Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for two winter weather events this week, one today and another Friday, January 21. Forecasts predict rain and snow through Thursday, January 20. The second event begins Friday and is expected to bring significant snow accumulation, particularly to the southeastern part of the state, making travel extremely hazardous. Motorists must stay off the roads starting Friday morning through the weekend.
The safest place during a storm is inside. Residents must refrain from driving during and immediately following winter weather. If travel is unavoidable and absolutely necessary, drivers must plan to complete travel before snowfall begins and remain off the roads until they are passable.
Sub-freezing temperatures are expected nightly, which will make roads susceptible to icing and refreeze. Areas where wind circulates more freely, such as bridges and overpasses typically freeze first. Anything that looks wet should be treated as if it could be ice and driving will be treacherous.
Crews have begun pretreating interstates and primary and major secondary roadways ahead of the storm in areas where the process will be effective. Across the Commonwealth, crews also stand ready with necessary equipment and adequate materials to plow and treat affected areas during and after precipitation falls.
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