The big chill has arrived in Virginia and there’s more to come. Although Hampton Roads escaped the first snowfall in Virginia, forecasters say a second winter storm will hit the mid-Atlantic region, bringing the hazard of ice and snow to roads.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch starting late on December 9, 2013 for the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and central Maryland. The weather service warns 5 inches of snow is possible, with the worst of the storm expected during Tuesday’s morning commute.
It’s unclear if snow will arrive in Hampton Roads which saw cold rain on Monday. It doesn’t snow often here but when it does just a few inches can cause havoc because many people don’t know how to drive in snow and ice.
There are a number of tips you can take to be prepared. Drive slowly and don’t brake hard and make sure your car is topped up with antifreeze and your tires are pumped up. See our Virginia car accident injury lawyers’ video on coping with snowy conditions in Virginia.
Already the snow has left thousands of people in the region without power because ice-coated trees have fallen on power lines. Northern Virginia was particularly hard hit. Dominion Virginia Power said as of Monday afternoon, 62,000 customers remained without power.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said in a press release, its crews will continue to treat icy spots as necessary.
“There is the potential for rain, snow and freezing rain in the far western region of the state. Portions of Northern Virginia, Culpeper and Staunton districts may experience two to four inches of snow. Portions of the Bristol District may receive up to a quarter inch if ice,” said VDOT. Motorists should be alert for snow and icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shady areas
In advance of the second winter storm, VDOT crews will treat highways to prevent ice and snow from sticking. Once the snow starts to fall, crews will treat roads to clear snow and increase traction to prevent slippery driving conditions.
You should take precautions when you drive in winter conditions. Better still, you should stay at home unless travel is necessary.
Before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest road conditions.
If you have been injured in slippery conditions, you should call our Virginia bad weather injury lawyers at 757.455.0077. See Cooperhurley.com