Roads are dangerous on Independence Blvd. and Virginia Beach Blvd.

Posted at 5:45 AM, Jan 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-22 05:46:48-05

Darragh Copley is live at Virginia Beach Blvd. and Independence Blvd., where roadways are icy and dangerous.

Drew Lankford with the city of Virginia Beach says most roads are too slick for travel. Stay home. Lankford says 25 fresh crews will head out at 6 a.m. to plow.

Overnight snowfall has created hazardous driving conditions throughout Hampton Roads for the morning commute, according to VDOT. As of 4 a.m., most area roads are in moderate condition. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and to be especially careful on roadways, bridges and overpasses where icy patches may exist, VDOT says.

Crews applied sand and salt to roadways overnight to give drivers traction and to melt snow and ice to affected areas. Crews will continue to monitor and treat the roads as needed.

Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and follow these winter driving tips:

• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
• Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
• Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
• Keep headlights on to increase visibility.
• Allow extra time for travel.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
• When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
• Drive smart and pay attention.