VDOT urges drivers to stay home on Sunday during the storm

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(WDBJ/VDOT news release) – With continued snow, ice, sleet and rain forecast for Commonwealth Sunday, the precipitation combined with freezing temperatures will create dangerous driving conditions, VDOT warns. The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging drivers to adjust their travel plans and avoid being on the roads at all on Sunday.

The VDOT reminds motorists that bridges and overpasses freeze before the roads. If there is snow or ice on the roads, travel is dangerous.

With the risk of high winds, contractors are ready to help with downed trees, branches and debris. Downed trees and power lines are expected and pedestrians and drivers should remain aware and cautious of these risks.

Remember:

Avoid travel

If you have to travel in bad weather:

· Check the forecast along your route

Allow enough time to reach your destination

Review and familiarize yourself with alternative routes to your destination

Do not overtake snowplows

Give teams time and space to process routes

· Keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle containing food, water, first aid supplies, tools and blankets in case of breakdown or stoppage.

· Visit 511Virginia.org for the latest road conditions before you travel. If possible, avoid travel until the precipitation stops and road conditions improve.

For more information on winter travel, visit virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Resources:

· To report unsafe road conditions or speak to a customer service representative, call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or go online at my.vdot. virginia.gov.

· VDOT recently partnered with Waze to add a new feature to the navigation software application that allows users to report, in real time in winter weather, when a road has not been plowed. It will also notify travelers when they are approaching a road that has been identified by other drivers as uncleared.

· Traffic information is also available on Twitter @511statewideVA; for general VDOT news, follow @VaDOT.

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