Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Dec. 14, 2013
CENTRAL VA. HIGHWAYS REPORTED CLEAR
Isolated freezing possible overnight; motorists should monitor forecasts, road conditions
CULPEPER — All Central Virginia roads are in good condition this afternoon. The mix of snow, sleet and rain that has been falling all day has not accumulated on the road surfaces; most highways are wet and no traffic problems have been reported.
Temperatures are forecast to remain above freezing for the rest of the day but will drop near freezing overnight. The Virginia Department of Transportation is reminding the public that if they are driving Saturday night or early Sunday morning they should exercise care and anticipate isolated icing. It is possible that water left on the roads may refreeze overnight, especially on bridges, overpasses, ramps and roads at higher elevations and near water.
Residents are encouraged to monitor weather conditions in their area, allow plenty of time to reach their destination, reduce speed and maintain a wide distance between vehicles. VDOT crews have been working all day and will remain on duty overnight to respond to any reports of icy conditions.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
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 online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
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