TAKE A LOOK: Freezing rain, sleet coming down in Central Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Another round of winter weather is bringing freezing rain to the area. Here are the latest updates from Central Virginia:

Chesterfield

Chesterfield has some icy roads this morning. If you need to commute make sure you are giving yourself some extra time. The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay home if possible.

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Ice covers a road in Chesterfield County during a winter storm on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (Photo: 8News Photojournalist Paul Nevadomski)

Henrico

The roads in the Henrico area are really wet and the freezing drizzle shifted to freezing rain around 4 a.m. this morning.

This afternoon, our reporter Kerri O’Brien was in a Short Pump neighborhood checking on road conditions. Main roads are clear but side streets and neighborhoods are completely covered.

The roads are mainly slushy now but if not cleared could become a problem overnight or early in the morning.

Photos from the Short Pump area:

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Roads in a Short Pump neighborhood have not been cleared. This could become a problem overnight. (Photo: 8News Reporter Kerri O’Brien)
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Close up photo of tiny icicles forming on a plastic bag in Henrico County on Thursday, February 18. (Photo: 8News Reporter Delaney Hall)
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Freezing rain gets stuck on the mirror of a car in Henrico County on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (Photo: 8News Reporter Delaney Hall)
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Freezing rain forms on tree branches in Henrico County on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (Photo: 8News Reporter Delaney Hall)
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Slushy roads in Henrico County could become a problem overnight. (Photo: 8News Reporter Kerri O’Brien)
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Men shoveling snow in the Twin Hickory section of Henrico County on Thursday, February 18, 2021. (Photo: 8News Reporter Kerri O’Brien)

Richmond

In Richmond, the freezing rain and sleet have lightened up but conditions are changing rapidly.

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Freezing rain icicles form on a closed road sign in Richmond. (Photo: 8News Reporter Autumn Childress)

The following streets are also closed due to the potential for ice build-up:

  • Westover Hills Blvd @ Riverside Dr
  • Park Dr @ Shirley Ln
  • E Byrd St @ S 4th St
  • N 23rd St @ E Franklin St
  • N 23rd St @ E Grace St
  • Whitehead Rd @ Greenbank Rd
  • Whitehead Rd @ Derwent Rd
  • Magnolia & Rady
  • 2nd Street Connector

The Boulevard Bridge also known as the Nickle Bridge is also closed because of winter weather.

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  • icy roads

The Virginia Department of Transportation has advised drivers to stay home unless travel is essential.

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Man treats the Richmond sidewalks after icy storm hits. (Photo: 8News Reporter Rachel Keller)

Officials from the City of Richmond tweeted this morning saying “freezing rain is the worst and that is what we are currently experiencing in the City of Richmond. With the ice quickly forming and accumulating on the pavement, driving conditions are dangerous.”

In addition to ice, there is high water over at Whitehead Road. (Photo: Rachel Keller)

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