Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 5, 2012
MORNING SNOW MAKES ROADS SLICK IN CENTRAL VA.
Conditions reported as moderate; motorists urged to use caution
CULPEPER — Snow has blanketed Central Virginia this morning, causing moderate conditions on Interstate 64 and most primary and secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties.
Route 250 in Albemarle County is in severe condition, due to significant snow accumulation on the road surface.
Since midnight, the Virginia Department of Transportation has been working to treat and plow roads. Crews will focus on the interstate and primary roads first, then turn their attention to secondary roads as conditions warrant.
Motorists are urged to delay non-essential travel until conditions improve, and to use the 511 system to check conditions along their route before leaving. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, 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, http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/statewide/2011/virginia_prepared_for_severe55277.asp.
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