VDOT Getting Ready For Storm

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is preparing for forecasted snow and some sleet to occur during daytime on Sunday January 16 and into overnight hours, ending by early Monday, January 17. Crews began brine operations at 8 a.m. on Friday January 14 and will conclude this work later in the day. 
In the Staunton District around 900 - 920 pieces of equipment will be deployed for snow removal operations. VDOT crews will be out to plow and treat roads as the winter weather begins. Wreckers will be pre-staged to assist with vehicle removal at traffic crash locations along interstate roads. Tree crews are ready to assist as needed during and after the storm.
Travel during the storm should be avoided and local forecasts should be monitored. Winter weather with wind and snow rates can change quickly, causing dangerous driving conditions and possible white-out situations.
Travelers should be prepared for emergencies. Travel emergency kits can include flashlights and batteries, ice scraper, cell phone and charger, jumper cables, blankets or quilts, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food, abrasive material for traction and a shovel.
Information on current road conditions is available on VDOT’s 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org and on VDOT’s 511 app. The Virginia 511 system provides road conditions, crash locations, road temperatures, electronic sign messages, travel speeds and traffic cameras.
The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623). Callers can speak to agents 24/7 every day of the year.  
Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.

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