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Beware Icy Roads During Tuesday Morning Commute

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VDOT says multiple crashes were reported overnight in the Richmond District. While VDOT crews are working to treat roads with salt and sand, drivers are encouraged to delay travel until temperatures rise above freezing. VDOT says multiple crashes were reported overnight in the Richmond District. While VDOT crews are working to treat roads with salt and sand, drivers are encouraged to delay travel until temperatures rise above freezing.
RICHMOND (WRIC)—The ABC 8News StormTracker weather team is closely monitoring a system that is bringing freezing rain and dangerous, icy driving conditions to Central Virginia the morning of Tuesday, March 18.

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Freezing rain came into the region on Monday night, leaving many roads covered in black ice. The Virginia Department of Transportation says multiple crashes were reported overnight in the Richmond District. While VDOT crews are working to treat roads with salt and sand, drivers are encouraged to delay travel until temperatures rise above freezing. If you must drive, please use extra caution, especially on bridges, overpasses, ramps and curves. Many roads that look wet are actually frosted with black ice.

Temperatures will warm up to above freezing after 9 a.m. Freezing drizzle will transition into rain after 9 a.m. and we will see rain showers throughout the day. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. Clouds and showers will persist Tuesday night, with lows in the middle 30s.

More clouds will be with us on Wednesday, as another round of rain slides up from the south. The clouds and rain will keep us cool, with highs in the middle to upper 40s.

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Skies will become partly sunny on Thursday, with highs in the lower to middle 60s. Friday will feature mostly sunny skies, with highs in the 70s. Another weather system will approach on Saturday, increasing clouds across the region with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs on Saturday will be in the lower 70s. It will be partly sunny on Sunday, with highs near 60 degrees.

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