Hampton Roads Faces Hazardous Driving Conditions As Snow Returns
In an all too familiar scenario of this winter, snow is again hitting Hampton Roads, causing hazardous driving conditions.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to be extra careful on the roads as bad weather sweeps in on March 3.
In a news release, VDOT stated crews have been preparing for another winter storm, loading up their trucks with plows, spreaders, salt and sand. Up to seven inches of snow is expected in Hampton Roads, although it could be as little as one inch. It will fall on a layer or sleet and ice, meaning highways are likely to be particularly hazardous.
Winter storm warnings were issued for all Virginia cities until midnight Tuesday. Widespread school closures are taking place in Hampton Roads. As Virginia auto accident attorneys, we are well aware of the dangers of accidents with injuries in these slick conditions.
VDOT said the storm is expected to begin as a rain event. That means crews will not be able to pretreat roads because the rain would wash away anything spread on them. VDOT said once ice starts forming, crews will start spreading sand and salt.
As many as 3,000 pieces of equipment will be out on the roads of the Commonwealth preparing for winter weather, VDOT said.
Virginia Beach public works spokesman Drew Lankford told WAVY news road crews were more concerned about the threat of ice than snow, which will make roadways treacherous for drivers.
The snow comes close on the heels of two major snow events in Hampton Roads in January, 2014.
VDOT has once again issued bad weather driving tips.
- Postpone any unnecessary travel until road conditions improve. If you must drive, be aware of the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
- Keep your speed low and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Be aware of the dangers on potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and areas in shade. If there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be aware of the potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electricity lines
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Never pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. It will be clearing a path for you and the road in front of it will be more hazardous.
Stay safe. If you are injured in an accident caused by a driver who has failed to adapt to the conditions, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com