Virginia State Police is encouraging drivers to plan ahead and to avoid travel during the forthcoming inclement conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings starting Thursday and lasting through late Friday for much of Virginia.
The NWS is calling for accumulations of snow, as well as combinations of rain and sleet in the coming hours. Slippery and dangerous conditions are anticipated. State Police say they are preparing to have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists. If you must travel during the storm, they recommend the following:
Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions at www.511virginia.org. (Do not call 911 or #77 for road conditions)
Clear all snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle before you travel
Use your headlights in rain and snow
Slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you
Avoid distractions and put down the phone