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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-717-2890
CULP 2010-025

Feb. 3, 2010



SNOW WILL AGAIN AFFECT MORNING TRAVEL IN CENTRAL VA.
Major highways clear but motorists should expect isolated snow patches, black ice

CULPEPER — Roads across Piedmont Virginia are reported in minor condition, with patches of snow and ice on Interstate 66, I-64 and the primary highways. Secondary roads in most of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are snow-covered and likely to be slick. Freezing temperatures overnight have turned water on the roads to ice and motorists should be alert for black ice.

VDOT crews have worked all night to clear the roads. Snowplows are now plowing the secondary roads across the region and continue to treat the interstates and primary highways with sand and salt to keep them clear. The sand improves traction and the salt helps melt the snow and prevents it from bonding to the road surface. VDOT will continue its emergency operations around the clock until all roads are passable.

Fog is reported in the western counties near the Blue Ridge Mountains, so motorists traveling across the mountains on Interstate 64 and Route 250 in Albemarle, Route 33 in Greene, Routes 211 and 522 in Rappahannock and I-66, Route 50 and Route 55 in Fauquier County should expect reduced visibility and drive with extreme caution.

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 I-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.

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