VDOT prepares for icy roads on inauguration day

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Roads and railways are expected to be packed with travelers heading to the inauguration and there's a good chance for slick roads. Both VDOT and state police have made preparations and ask that drivers do the same.

The inauguration-bound Wilkerson family packed more than just patience.

"We've got blankets and we got pillows" says Danny Wilkerson. They made a pit stop in Caroline County Monday night on the last leg of their trip from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., beating the traffic and expected snowfall.

That might be a different story Tuesday morning said Virginia State Police Sgt. Tom Cunningham.

"If we do get some icy roadways, that some of the forecasts are saying, that total ingredient could lead to dangerous and slick roadway conditions," Cunningham said. "With snow expected both to the north and south of Richmond, VDOT isn't taking any chances with the increased number of travelers expected on the roads."

VDOT pre-treated roads, bridges and overpasses from the North Carolina state line up to just south of Richmond. Four inches of snow could accumulate during the early morning hours Tuesday, with the heaviest precipitation south and east of I-85.

Anti-icing chemicals were also placed on roads in northern Virginia.

"We're urging motorists if at all possible go to bed a little bit earlier tonight," Cunningham said. "Set that alarm an extra 30 minutes earlier if you're going to work or the inauguration. Just give yourself some extra time.

Amtrak will be just as busy. The first of four trains headed for D.C. leaves at 5 a.m.

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