Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 21, 2012
SLIPPERY CONDITIONS REPORTED ON CENTRAL VA. ROADS
Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions
CULPEPER — Most highways across Central Virginia are reported in minor condition this morning, with the roadway covered with patches of snow and ice from the snow and sleet that has been falling all night. Many areas are reporting accumulated snow crusted with sleet and ice.
Secondary roads in the counties in the western parts of the district are reported in moderate condition with most of the road surfaces snow-covered and slick. Motorists are urged to delay non-essential early morning travel and postpone driving until later in the day when conditions are expected to improve.
Interstate 64 and primary highways in Albemarle County are reported mostly snow-covered, as are the primary highways in Greene County. Secondary roads in both counties are also snow-covered and slippery.
In Fauquier County, Interstate 66 is mostly clear but with patches of snow and ice. Primary highways in Fauquier are also in minor condition; secondary roads are mostly snow-covered.
Minor conditions are also reported on all roads in Orange, Louisa and Rappahannock counties. In Madison County the primary highways are in minor condition; secondary roads are in moderate condition with accumulations of snow and ice.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have been 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. If sufficient accumulations of snow fall, the crews will begin plowing. VDOT’s crews are focusing their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and will move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.
During the early morning hours 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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