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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
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CULP 2009-010 5 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2009



ICY CONDITIONS LIKELY OVERNIGHT IN CENTRAL VA.
VDOT crews will continue operations into Wednesday morning

CULPEPER – Interstate and primary highways across Central Virginia remain mostly clear at this hour, with crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are reporting that many secondary roads have been plowed and/or treated with abrasives and salt.

The exception is roads in Rappahannock and Fauquier County, which are reported in minor to moderate condition, meaning that significant areas of the road surface are covered with snow or ice. Some roads in Albemarle County, including portions of Routes 250, 20, 22, 53, 240 and 231, are also reported to have patches of snow and slush on the road surface.

Even after roads have been plowed and treated with chemicals and abrasives motorists should continue to drive with caution, reduce speed and allow extra room between their vehicle and others on the roads.

Hazardous driving conditions are most likely as temperatures fall below freezing Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday. Precipitation is predicted to continue through the night with possible accumulations of sleet and freezing rain on road surfaces before temperatures warm on Wednesday. Motorists should be particularly careful on bridges, overpasses, turn lanes, ramps and intersections, as well as roads at higher elevations and in the western areas of Central Virginia.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Before you begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
  • Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
  • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
  • Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.

Information about preparing for winter weather and other emergencies can be found at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the Ready Virginia resource to provide residents with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.

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