Officials urging Virginians to stay off the roads

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Transportation and law enforcement officials are urging residents across the Commonwealth to stay off the roads during this weekend’s winter storm.

Winter Storm: What You Need to Know

VDOT officials said Saturday that road conditions across the regions have varied from minor to moderate on primary roads and moderate to severe on secondary routes. VDOT says it has received reports of icy conditions in many areas.

Police in Virginia Beach are urging drivers to avoid Indian River Road south from Elbow Road to North Landing Road due to several vehicles sliding off the roadway. The roadway in this area was briefly closed it has since reopened. Elbow Road extending into Chesapeake is in the same condition.

VDOT Statewide Road Conditions

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The wintry conditions have caused numerous problems and crashes for motorists in the area. Several WAVY viewers have sent 10 On Your Side photos of accidents on area roadways.

Photos: Winter storm accidents in Hampton Roads

According to State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya, an accident on Interstate 64 near in Chesapeake, near Indian River Road, resulted in a fatality Saturday morning. Anaya says more information will be provided as police receive it.

Around 7 a.m. Saturday, crews also responded to multiple accidents on Interstate 64 west near Jefferson Avenue in Newport News that closed all lanes of traffic temporarily. Anaya says the accidents happened between mile markers 245 and 247. She says the roadway is covered in black ice.

The accidents have been cleared and traffic lanes have been re-opened.

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VDOT Spokeswoman Paula Miller told 10 On Your Side that calls for accidents were increasing around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Police responded to hundreds of crashes and disabled vehicles starting Friday. Virginia Beach Public School officials say they received a call around 1:20 p.m. Friday of a two-vehicle accident in the 1100 block of Gunhall Drive, which involved a school bus.

School Spokesman Patrick D. Kane says there were no injuries to any of the 19 middle school students on the bus. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 23), Virginia State Police are on the scene of 27 disabled vehicles and 39 traffic crashes statewide.

From midnight Saturday through 10 a.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police have responded to 72 traffic crashes and 343 disabled vehicles statewide. There is only storm-related traffic death (City of Chesapeake) reported at this time.

From 12:00 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 23) – 10:00 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 23):

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes = 9

Disabled vehicles = 67

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes = 9

Disabled Vehicles = 39

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)

Traffic Crashes = 13

Disabled Vehicles = 25

Photos attached from Augusta County this morning on Interstate 81

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)

Traffic Crashes = 2

Disabled Vehicles = 12

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes = 27

Disabled Vehicles = 18

Much of the interstate has been cleared by VDOT, there are still many areas in the division that are experiencing black ice. Motorists are also asked NOT to abandon their vehicles in the roadway as this causes even more delays and prevents VDOT trucks and other emergency vehicles from being able to move through the area.

State Police would like to enforce the following safety tips:
• Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
• Add extra time to reach travel destination
• Slow speed for road conditions and use your headlights
• Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
• Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
• MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles & highway vehicles.

From 12:00 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 23) – 2:00 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 23):

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
Traffic Crashes=22
Disabled vehicles=113

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
Traffic Crashes=14
Disabled Vehicles=79

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
Traffic Crashes=16
Disabled Vehicles=55

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
Traffic Crashes=7
Disabled Vehicles=22

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
Traffic Crashes=104
Disabled Vehicles=37

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)
Traffic Crashes=8
Disabled Vehicles=35

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)
Traffic Crashes=15
Disabled Vehicles=212

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