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VDOT: Roads clear, but black ice is 'key concern' overnight, Monday a.m.

VDOT: Road conditions are clear, but wet
VDOT: Watch out for possible black ice overnight
Posted at 4:17 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 16:21:57-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said crews are on alert for any icy spots that pop up after a storm brought rain, snow and a mix of precipitation to the Commonwealth Sunday.

Meteorologists said temps will fall below freezing tonight, and lows by daybreak Monday will be in the upper teens and lower 20s, so any leftover snow or water will freeze on untreated surfaces.

"Wet pavement and cold temperatures are prime conditions for black ice to form," noted VDOT Richmond District Maintenance Engineer Sean Nelson, P.E. "Although the sun has done us a huge favor in melting slush today, drivers should use extra caution overnight and into Monday until temperatures rise and the pavement dries out."

Accordingly, officials said crews will be treat slick spots with salt to melt ice as well as sand to provide traction.

"Areas where wind circulates more freely, such as bridges and overpasses, will be a particular focus along with ramps, curves, turns and shaded areas," officials said. "Standing water on travel lanes where slush has melted after Sunday’s storm will also be more susceptible to refreeze."

Officials said crews remain mobilized to address icy patches.

VDOT's advice for overnight travers/Monday commuters:

  • Check 511 and local news resources for road conditions near you.
  • Take it slow. Allow extra time to reach your destination, and keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Use extra caution, especially on bridges, overpasses, ramps, curves and shaded roads. These areas freeze first if pavement is wet, and black ice cannot be ruled out until temperatures rise and roads are dry.
  • If you begin to skid, do not brake suddenly or accelerate. Guide your vehicle in the direction you want to go and lightly brake until you come to a stop.
  • Report any hazardous road conditions by calling 800-367-7623 (FOR-ROAD) or visiting https://my.vdot.virginia.gov