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VDOT cautioning motorists ahead of winter weather Friday

VDOT on standby ahead of possible snow event Tuesday morning
Posted at 2:30 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:30:51-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Transportation is cautioning motorists to prepare for a mix of wintry weather early Friday morning and throughout the day Friday.

A storm tracking to our south on Friday is expected to produce some rain and snow showers during the day. Most of the precipitation will fall near and south of I-64, with better chances for steadier precipitation closer to the North Carolina border and across southwestern Virginia.

VDOT says Richmond District crews began pretreating interstate, primary, and high volume secondary routes in the southern portions of the district on Thursday morning.

They say roads were pretreated with a saltwater brine to prevent ice from bonding with the pavement.

“Our biggest concern will be slick conditions for the Friday evening commute and overnight in our southernmost counties,” said Sean Nelson, Richmond District Maintenance Engineer. “We will also be watching closely for slick conditions Saturday morning. We are continuing to monitor forecasts in the district, and will adjust our response as conditions change.”

Tips for drivers

  • Drivers should reduce their speed
  • Use extra caution
  • Check local forecasts and resources for conditions before venturing out.
  • Areas more likely to freeze if pavement is wet include bridges, ramps, overpasses, turns and shaded areas.