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January 4, 2017
11 AM


VDOT Crews Preparing for Upcoming Winter Weather
Drivers should pay close attention to local forecasts and road conditions the next few days

image of truck pretreating highwaySOUTH CHESTERFIELD – According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region can expect to see wintry conditions beginning Thursday night and into the weekend.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are taking advantage of favorable conditions today and Thursday and are beginning to pretreat interstates and major primary routes with anti-icing materials. Pretreatment is applied as a brine solution, which is a salt and water mixture, and it helps prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice.

VDOT advises drivers to watch local forecasts and road conditions closely throughout the week and to plan travel accordingly. Dangerous driving conditions are possible over the next couple of days, particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps, as temperatures are expected to stay below freezing.

For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s website includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at