Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
March 26, 2011
MOTORISTS URGED TO BE AWARE OF CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews will work overnight to respond to storm forecast to arrive early Sunday morning
CULPEPER — Motorists who must travel early Sunday morning should check road conditions before they leave. A winter storm is forecast to bring several inches of snow to much of Central Virginia, beginning after midnight Saturday and lasting into Sunday morning.
Road conditions may be slick during the storm, particularly during the nighttime hours and in the western areas of Piedmont and Central Virginia nearest the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bridges, overpasses, ramps, intersections and turn lanes are likely to see accumulating snow before other road surfaces and motorists should be particularly careful in those areas.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will be on duty overnight as the storm arrives, 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. If sufficient accumulations of snow fall 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.
Motorists should check the weather forecasts and current conditions for the area where they are traveling and allow extra time for travel. During the storm drivers should also 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.
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