Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 25, 2010
MOTORISTS URGED TO DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews on duty as snow continues across Central Va.
CULPEPER — Motorists who must travel tonight should drive with caution and expect to encounter slick conditions. Light snow continues to fall across Central Virginia and roads in the Charlottesville area are reported in minor to moderate condition with some snow on the road surfaces. Less snow is reported to the north but all areas should see snow and possible slick driving conditions by early Sunday morning.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will be working all night, treating the roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Once the snow accumulates the crews will begin plowing. VDOT’s crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.
Temperatures are reported below freezing so snow will quickly accumulate on the roads and any moisture on the pavement will freeze overnight. Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.
VDOT urges motorists to postpone non-essential travel and if driving is necessary, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available on the Web, www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/statewide/2010/virginia_ready_for_severe49569.asp
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.