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VDOT prepares for Tuesday's winter weather

Expect slick driving conditions Tuesday and Wednesday

1:32 PM EST, January 20, 2014

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing for a winter storm that is forecast to drop several inches of snow Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning in the Richmond region. Crews are readying equipment for the storm, which is expected to begin around noon and continue through early morning Wednesday.

Over the next 24 hours, VDOT and its contractors will be applying anti-icing treatment to major routes such as I-95, I-64, I-295, Route 150 and Route 288 to prevent snow from bonding with the pavement. Pre-treatment can be applied up to 48 hours before a winter weather event. Motorists are reminded that ice and snow can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. Once the storm begins, crews will apply sand and salt to major routes to melt snow/ice and provide traction.

VDOT advises drivers to use caution when traveling tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday morning. The temperature is expected to stay well below freezing and may result in dangerous driving conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org.