The first bout of winter weather is expected in our area later tonight and into tomorrow. Virginia State Police urge motorists to stay safe if you must drive.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of our area, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect west of Lynchburg. This includes Roanoke and Blacksburg.
State police said their divisions are gearing up in preparation and increasing patrols on the roadways. They also remind motorists of the "Drive 2 Save Lives" campaign by remembering how to drive in these conditions:
- Slow Your Speed. Whether the roads are icy or just wet, surfaces are still slick and can cause a driver going too fast for conditions to lose control.
- Stay Alert. Avoiding distractions - phone, radio, food, etc. - and focusing strictly on your role as a driver and on the other vehicles around you significantly increase your chances of avoiding a crash. Multi-tasking while driving puts yourself and others at risk. Also be alert to changing road conditions and share the road responsibly with all types of vehicles.
- Buckle Up. Drivers and passengers should always buckle up for safety. If you lose control on a slick roadway and spin out, the seat belt holds you in place and will likely save your life.
- 511 for Road Conditions. Needing to know if it's safe to travel? Then call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org or download the 511 App. Only call 911 if it's an emergency and not for road conditions.