Winter weather is here, stay safe on the road

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The past week has made it very evident that winter has arrived and isn’t going anywhere soon. While the kids are enjoying an extended winter break and fun days in the snow, those of us still heading to work need to know how to stay safe on snowy, icy roads.

The low temperatures have frozen over many ponds creating opportunities for a little ice skating action.

The low temperatures have frozen over many ponds creating opportunities for a little ice skating action.

As the snow appeared, VDOT crews with nearly 600 pieces of equipment worked through the night to help clear roads. With frequent updates, VDOT assured citizens that crews would work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads were clear and safe for travel. VDOT’s goal was to have all roads plowed 48 hours after the storm ended starting with the roads that carry the most traffic like interstates and primary roads, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets.

VDOT reported that after treating secondary roads and subdivision streets, removing as much snow as possible, many low-volume routes still had a layer of ice and snow bonded to the pavement. Crews added sand to give motorists improved traction, however, below 20 degrees, salt and other chemicals are less effective at melting snow and ice. VDOT said that when temperatures rise above 20 degrees, appropriate chemicals can be applied and plows will have greater success at clearing away the remaining packed layer of snow and ice.

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