Authorities urge motorists to continue driving cautiously

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Do not be fooled by the sunny skies.  This is the message from Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation.

The sun is shining but the road conditions continue to be dangerous.  Snow and ice will begin to melt Sunday but will freeze overnight as the temperatures are expected to fall below freezing.

As drivers return to work Monday, VDOT wants to remind motorists to allow extra time for travel, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and watch out for icy areas.

For road conditions, please dial 511 on a cellular phone or go to

Virginia State Police have received over 3,000 calls for traffic crashes and disabled vehicles since the snowfall began. They said two traffic fatalities are due to the weather.  On Friday, a woman slid off the road and overturned her vehicle in Carroll County.  She was not wearing her seatbelt and she was thrown from the vehicle.

On Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, Michael Marincic, 36, of Huntingdon, Penn. crashed into tractor trailer Saturday night.  He was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.  Police said witness reports seem to indicate Marincic was travelling too fast for the road conditions.

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