Officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are still working to remove ice pack from secondary routes in below-freezing temperatures.
The temperature got as low as -3 degrees last night at the Richmond International Airport. This shattered the old record of 10° from 2014, and was the coldest temperature since -6° on January 21, 1985. Lows away from the coast ranged from a little above zero to around -10°.
VDOT officials said that while nearly all roads are passable, drivers should be on the lookout for potential slick spots overnight and in the early a.m. hours until temperatures rise.
Officials urged drivers to keep the following travel tips in mind when dealing with icy conditions:
- Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses, hills, ramps and shady spots.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snow removal equipment.
- Drivers are encouraged to call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org before traveling. (Individual road conditions can be found by visiting http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions.)
The temperature is expected to reach the low 40’s on Monday, with clouds and a chance of rain showers moving into the area in the afternoon.