VDOT conducts anti-icing operations

VDOT crews across the state are conducting anti-icing operations today in preparation for a statewide snow storm expected to hit the western region of the state later today with freezing rain and snow.

Tomorrow, significant snows are likely to fall over much of the state.

Strong winds in western Virginia are likely to cause blowing and drifting snow. Extremely cold temperatures will move into the state and last through Thursday.

Currently, crews are treating interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals. Anti-icing helps to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the roads. Crews will be out in force overnight and through the duration of the storm, treating icy roads and plowing snow.

While VDOT is in full preparation mode, motorists are urged to make sure their vehicles are in proper driving condition for winter weather and have emergency kits. During the storm, motorists should avoid driving on the roads. About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.

Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:

• Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
• Avoid driving during the storm
• Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car
• Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
• Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to http://www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information
• You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center
• When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down

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