Dec. 2010: Caution urged for drivers in snow-covered Hampton Roads and NC


by 13News/Associated Press

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 2:55 PM

NORFOLK --  Freezing temperatures overnight have created icy conditions on the roads Monday morning.

Bridges and overpasses across Hampton Roads have snow and ice on them and on the approaches and black ice is a concern.  HOV lanes are closed.

Drivers continue to be warned about going out unless it's absolutely nececessary to give VDOT and city crews time to clear the roads of packed-down snow and ice.

"We have more than 170 trucks out and about in Hampton Roads alone trying to clear these roads and once we get these done, we'll go into the rural areas, beginning Wednesday. Our crews are working 12-hour shifts," VDOT spokeswoman Lauren Hansen said during a live interview on 13News Daybreak.

Va. State Police said troopers in the region responded to 1,159 calls for service.  421 of those calls were for crashes and 295 were for disabled vehicles.

Virginia State Police say six people died in traffic accidents during the Christmas holiday. One fatal accident occurred Sunday in Newport News.

Two crashes occurred on Christmas Day, including one that killed a driver and two passengers in Prince William County. Two wrecks occurred on Christmas Eve in Campbell and Culpeper counties.

 The holiday period began Friday and ended Sunday.

Last year, 10 people were killed during the Christmas holiday.

If you do have to go to work or have a situation that requires you to leave home, keep a safe distance of at least five seconds from the person in front of you and don't speed.

The Eastern Shore was under a blizzard warning until 5:00 a.m. 

HRT is not offering services Monday morning; officials will make a decision about afternoon and evening routes later in the day.

The warm-up will begin Tuesday with temperatures above freezing and into the 50s by week's end, so that will melt the snow.

Dominion Power's Website is reporting more than 3,000 customers in Hampton Roads and North Carolina are without power as of 7:20 a.m.

In North Carolina, the Highway Patrol responded to more than 150 calls across the Tar Heel State from midnight to 7:00 a.m. Monday.
Sunday, they were busy with nearly 2400 calls for service, which is about four times the normal call volume, officials said.

There were four traffic-related deaths -- one each in Mecklenburg, Onslow, Lee and Johnston counties.