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Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
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CULP 2010-042

Feb. 10, 2010



CENTRAL VA. ROADS ARE SNOW-COVERED AND HAZARDOUS
Heavy snow creating dangerous conditions; in some areas winds are compounding problems

CULPEPER — Heavy snow is rapidly covering highways across Central Virginia. Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain is in severe condition with snow covering the highway. Several tractor-trailers are stuck in the westbound right lane at milepost 103 but traffic is moving in the left lane. Motorists are urged to avoid travel on I-64 across Afton Mountain until conditions improve.

Most primary highways are also snow-covered. Route 33 in Greene County across the Blue Ridge Mountains at Swift Run Gap is in severe condition with significant accumulations of snow as well as high winds that are causing drifting and blowing snow.

Secondary roads are also snow-covered; on some roads the snow is falling on top of packed snow and ice from last weekend’s storm, making it difficult for drivers to see the slippery surface beneath the new snow.

Travel is expected to remain hazardous all day as the snow continues and motorists should frequently check road conditions and weather forecasts since snow is expected to continue across the region for most of the morning. High winds will likely continue to cause blowing and drifting and decreased visibility even after the snow stops. Those conditions will also make driving hazardous. VDOT urges that non-essential travel be postponed until the storm ends.

VDOT crews are plowing the snow on major highways across the Culpeper District. Once the interstates and primary highways are in good condition the crews will shift their work to the region’s secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

Travelers should frequently check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org for the latest information on road conditions and weather for all major highways in Virginia. VDOT’s statewide network of traffic cameras also provides live feeds of traffic conditions on major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66, Route 29 and Route 250 in Piedmont Virginia.

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