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VDOT warns drivers: slick roads for morning commute

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

VDOT warns drivers when temperatures drop overnight, areas North and West of the city could see residual slush and moisture re-freeze on the roadways.

Crews will work overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning where the goal is to salt before the temperatures drop.

"We are really putting a lot of our effort where the temperatures are at or below freezing," said Dawn Eischen, VDOT spokeswoman. "Also on bridges, overpasses and ramps because those freeze first." 

According to VDOT, Richmond and most of Chesterfield should not see any major issues on the road.

Powhatan, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Western Chesterfield will see pavement temperatures drop along with the air temperature. Therefore, slick roads and black ice could plague those counties.

VDOT reports that while road conditions have generally improved across Central Virginia, it urges drivers to allow extra time to get to work. Most accidents Wednesday were caused by people driving too fast.

The other issue overnight will be the wind. VDOT asks drivers to care and look for downed trees and power lines.

Additionally, VDOT urges drivers to:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  • Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.

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