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State police urge you to delay travel during winter weather


The Virginia State Police is encouraging you to plan ahead and avoid having to travel during the winter weather poised to affect parts of the state, including Henry County, Monday morning.

The National Weather Service is calling for accumulations of snow, as well as combinations of rain and sleet.

State Police said Sunday that if you can delay your travel overnight and early Monday, please do until VDOT has an opportunity to treat or clear roadways for safe travel.

Police are already preparing for the winter weather and will have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

They shared the following tips for traveling during the storm:

  • Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions or download the VDOT 511 app.

  • Do not call 9-1-1 or #77 for road conditions. Leave these emergency lines open for emergencies only.

  • Clear all snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle before you travel.

  • Always buckle up.

  • Avoid distractions and put down the phone.

  • Use your headlights in rain and snow. Virginia law requires headlights to be on when your wipers are active.

  • Slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you.

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