HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police is encouraging motorists to be safe on the roads after they responded to hundreds of crashes across Virginia during the winter storm this weekend.
With the drop in temperatures, roads that are covered in rain and snow will likely freeze overnight, creating dangerous driving conditions.
Troopers say they have already responded to hundreds of crashes statewide, some of which have been deadly.
From 12 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, State police responded to a total of 324 crashes and assisted 196 disabled and stuck motorists. Most of those were in the Richmond area, totaling 107 crashes.
There have three deadly crashes across the state since Saturday, including one in Norfolk. One of those deadly crashes happened in Pulaski County on Interstate 81 and troopers say it was weather-related.
A 73-year-old man from Georgia died while he was driving a military surplus vehicle on I-81. Troopers say he lost control of the vehicle around 9 p.m. on Saturday, causing two tractor-trailers to run into his vehicle.
State police later identified the man as Ronald W. Harris.
If you need to travel during winter weather, State police encourage you to call 511 or go to 511Virginia.org to check road conditions. Do not call emergency lines.
Be sure to clear all the snow and ice off your vehicles before hitting the roads and make sure you’re driving at a safe speed.
“In Virginia, the law is if your windshield wipers are activated your headlights must be on. And you’re going to want your headlights. It not only increases your visibility, but it also helps other drivers see you,” said Corinne Geller with Virginia State Police.
Geller said in any weather event they have extra personnel out on the roads and stay vigilant when it comes to keep people safe on the roads.