Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 22, 2012
SLICK CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT DUE TO FREEZING RAIN
VDOT crews on duty to monitor, treat roadways
CULPEPER — Motorists traveling overnight and early Monday morning should anticipate freezing rain and icy conditions on roads in Central Virginia.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews will treat roadways with salt and sand to improve traction and melt ice, but black ice and other slick spots are likely to occur, particularly on secondary roads and residential streets.
Icy patches are currently reported on some primary roads in Fauquier County, as well as on the county’s secondary roads. Minor conditions also exist on secondary roads in Greene and Orange counties.
Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. 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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