Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 10, 2010
HIGH WINDS, DRIFTING SNOW MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS
VDOT advises against driving overnight as crews continue working to clear secondary roads
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising against non-essential travel overnight as high winds continue across Piedmont Virginia. Winds are particularly high in the western areas near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some roads are partially covered by drifting snow and white-out conditions have been reported. The high winds, blowing snow and low temperatures will make travel extremely hazardous Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
Major highways in VDOT’s Culpeper District have been mostly cleared of snow but any remaining packed snow and melt water is quickly freezing and will create slick conditions. Motorists should expect to encounter icing and slick conditions overnight and early Thursday morning. VDOT crews are patrolling the major highways overnight to plow drifted snow and drop abrasives and salt on icy patches.
VDOT crews are working overnight to reopen the Culpeper District’s secondary roads following the most recent storm. On some roads the snow has fallen 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.
In Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties all roads should be passable by Thursday morning. In Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, where the storm was more severe, all roads should be passable by Thursday evening. Some secondary roads will be opened with one pass by a plow; after all roads are passable the plows will return to open those roads to their full width.
Anyone considering travel Wednesday night or Thursday should check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site has up-to-date 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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