VDOT Warns of Freezing Temps and Icy Roads
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jan 21 2014 7:45AM
Monday's almost Spring like temps give way to snow and a dip of more than 20 degrees today with a winter storm warning in effect until late tonight.
The Arctic Clipper will move through fast and could drop up to six inches by just after the evening rush hour. Maggie Johnson with Accuweather tells us it could leave up to six inches of snow, depending on where you live. When you add in the wind chill, it could feel like as low as zero by late this afternoon and as low as 4 degrees overnight. The weather's not going to give us much of a break even later this week. The snow will be gone, but the cold is here to stay. We will have sun during the day, but might not get above freezing until at least Friday.
VDOT crews hit the roads on Monday evening to get ready and had laid sand and chemicals on most roads and bridges before sunset. Its' crews will be on round the clock to get roads clear, but might not be able to make headway until tonight. It treats primary, then secondary and then subdivision streets. They are asking local drivers to avoid it, if they can, during the noon to 7:00 p.m. peak of the storm. Even after that, use caution, slow down and leave lots of room for chemical trucks and snowplows.