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Snow Yields Hazardous Driving Conditions, Wrecks Reported

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RICHMOND, VA-- As snow falls across Virginia, emergency crews have responded to reports of nearly 250 wrecks statewide in just a six hour period.

As snow covers the roadways, drivers are being faced with hazardous road conditions.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Virginia State Police responded to 246 wrecks across the state. Nearly three dozen of those were in the Metro-Richmond area.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) encourages drivers to delay or limit travel overnight through early Saturday, if possible.

During a winter storm, VDOT first treats roads with salt to melt snow/ice and sand to provide traction. Crews begin plowing when one to two inches of snow has accumulated on the road. Even when roads have been treated, drivers must reduce their speed.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and power lines.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
  • If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.

Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT's 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before traveling. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road, VDOT's 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

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