Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
March 25, 2013
MOTORISTS CAUTIONED TO DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS MORNING
Most secondary roads are snow-covered, interstates and primary highways have slick patches
CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting many roads across Central Virginia are snow-covered and slippery this morning. VDOT crews have been working all night, concentrating their efforts on the interstate and primary highways while the heavy, wet snow continues to fall.
Interstate 64 in Albemarle County is mostly snow-covered, while farther east in Louisa County it is wet with patches of snow and slush. I-66 in Fauquier County is also reported in minor condition with patches of snow and slush.
Most primary highways are in minor to moderate condition. The roads in the western area of the Piedmont near the Blue Ridge Mountains where the snow has been heavier are generally reporting moderate conditions with the surface mostly covered with snow and slush. Farther east the main highways are in minor condition.
In Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties the primary highways are reported in minor condition, with patches of snow and ice on the road surface. In Albemarle, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties primary highways are in moderate condition, with most of the road surface snow-covered.
Culpeper, Greene and Louisa counties are also reporting minor condition on the secondary roads; Albemarle, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock are reporting moderate conditions on the secondary roads in those counties.
VDOT crews across the Culpeper District worked through the night plowing the interstates and primary highways. They will move onto the secondary roads and into neighborhoods to clear those roads once all interstates and primary highways are clear. Day crews will report to work at 8 a.m. and continue snow removal operations through the day.
Motorists are strongly advised to drive with caution today, particularly this morning while snow continues to fall across the region and temperatures remain near freezing. Drivers should reduce speed and allow extra time for travel. Stay alert for slick conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze first. Conditions may change through the day since the snow is forecast to change to sleet or freezing rain in some areas, so drivers should be aware of weather and road conditions before they travel.
The winter storm is also affecting travel in other parts of Virginia this morning. Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The web site 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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