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CULP 2013-098

Dec. 10, 2013

Motorists should expect freezing conditions; VDOT crews on duty overnight

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging people who must drive early Wednesday morning to allow plenty of time for their trip and to expect to encounter icy conditions.

Temperatures are forecast to plummet well below freezing overnight and there will likely be black ice on many roads. Black ice forms where water has run back into the roadways. It is also likely to form on bridges, overpasses, ramps and turn lanes, as well as roads near water and at high elevations. Some secondary roads, especially in Fauquier, Rappahannock and western Culpeper counties, may still have patches of snow and slush on the road surface which will also freeze overnight.

VDOT crews will be on duty Tuesday night to apply salt and sand to any areas where refreezing is reported. Motorists who are traveling overnight and early Wednesday morning should expect to encounter black ice and drive with caution. Reduce speed and allow plenty of space between vehicles.

Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website,, 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

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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