2018 Winter Storm

VSP Winter Storm Update 4:30 pm

As temperatures are now on the steady decline and winds are kicking up, State Police are still advising motorists to delay any unnecessary travel into the evening and overnight hours…especially in the Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Eastern Shore, Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Southside Virginia and the Metro-Richmond regions.

Drifting snow continues to be a serious hazard in the impacted areas, as well as slick, slushy roadways – which will refreeze overnight. Fortunately, there are still no reported traffic deaths and the majority of the crashes continue to only involve only damage to vehicles and no injuries.

State police in the impacted field divisions – Richmond and Chesapeake - will extend shifts as necessary through Thursday afternoon and evening to ensure the availability of personnel to continue to respond to incidents. Combined, State Troopers assigned to these two divisions responded to 902 calls for service, to include 356 traffic crashes and 409 disabled/stuck vehicles.

VA State Police Senior Trooper A.D. Montross’ view this morning while responding to a vehicle stuck in a snowdrift on Route 13 along the Eastern Shore. Trooper Montross reported white-out conditions and 50 mph winds.

VA State Police Trooper C.D. Compton spent his day responding to crashed and stuck vehicles – just like this one- along Interstate 64 in the James City County/Williamsburg area.

From 8:00 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 3) through 4:00 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 4), the most traffic crashes and disabled vehicles calls for service have occurred within the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division:

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

  • Traffic Crashes=218
  • Disabled Vehicles=121
  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 429

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

  • Traffic Crashes=138
  • Disabled Vehicles 288
  • Total VSP emergency calls for service responded to: 473

As of 4:30 p.m., Thursday:

Richmond Division troopers are responding to 11 reported traffic crashes and 1 disabled vehicle call.

Chesapeake Division troopers are responding to 3 reported traffic crashes and 12 disabled vehicle calls.

We want to remind Virginians to please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not 911 or #77. We need to keep emergency lines open for emergency calls.

We are still asking Virginians to delay their travel until later today. But, if you MUST travel…then please take the following safety precautions:

  • Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights            
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

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SNOW AND HIGH WINDS TO AFFECT TRAVEL

Motorists cautioned against driving during winter storm expected to hit eastern and central Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia – Motorists in eastern and central Virginia should plan for slick road conditions and poor visibility as snow and high winds are expected to move into those regions beginning this evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recommends keeping a close watch on your local weather forecast and staying off roads during this weather event.

The precise timing of precipitation and accumulation will vary depending on where you are. Snow will likely continue through late Thursday and high winds are expected to persist through Friday night. Due to the nature of the storm, blowing snow may reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile at times in some areas creating dangerous travel conditions.

VDOT crews have been pretreating roads where appropriate and are mobilizing today to monitor and treat roads as necessary throughout the storm.

The latest road conditions are available at www.511virginia.org, through the free mobile app or by phone. You can track the location of most snow plows at VDOT’s Snow Plow Tracker. The tracker is activated once snow reaches two inches or more. 

If you must travel, make preparations ahead of time. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing for the next few days, make sure your emergency winter driving kit is properly stocked and includes items to keep you warm. Allow extra time for the trip, drive at a low speed and stay at a safe distance from other vehicles. If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

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