Between 12 and 10:30 a.m. on March 3, state police have responded to more than 300 traffic crashes, and dispatchers have handled nearly 1,000 total calls. In the Richmond Division, there have been 151 traffic accidents, 22 disabled vehicles and 230 total calls for service.
According to VSP, the majority of these crashes have involved vehicle damage and no injuries. No weather-related traffic deaths have been reported.
Both Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation advise Virginians to stay off the roads as the storm continues. If you must drive, they recommend the following tips:
- "State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use
- Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling
- Add extra time to reach travel destination
- Slow your speed for road conditions
- Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
- Do not tailgate snow plows or sand trucks
- Always Buckle up and ensure your passengers are buckled up as well
- Do not drive distracted
- If your vehicle begins to hydroplane steer your vehicle in the direction you want your vehicle to go
- Brake and accelerate lightly
- Plan ahead before you travel by calling 511 for road conditions or click on http://www.511virginia.org – Do not call 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only
- Have a charged cell phone and extra blankets, water, snacks in case your vehicle becomes disabled
- Know your location to give to an emergency dispatcher to include the direction of travel in case you need emergency response. Use exit numbers or mile markers when on the interstate as points of reference (For example, Interstate 95 northbound at the 80 mile marker.)
- Motorists are also reminded to comply with Virginia's "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. State law includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights."
VDOT said Monday afternoon that it hopes to have all roads passable within 48 hours of the storm's end. It will focus on clearing interstates and primary roads (1-599) before clearing secondary and neighborhood roads. As of noon on Monday, VDOT classified most roads in moderate to severe condition, meaning that major portions of the pavement are covered in snow and ice.