Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
March 6, 2013
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Moisture may refreeze early Thursday after temperatures fall overnight
CULPEPER – Road conditions in Central Virginia continue to improve, with most primary highways reported clear or with only patches of snow and slush remaining this evening. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are shifting their efforts to the region’s secondary roads, most of which are still snow-covered and slick.
VDOT crews will continue working overnight to plow secondary roads and monitor conditions on interstates and primary highways. Other crews are working to clear fallen trees and other debris from roadway shoulders.
Most roads are still wet and, as temperatures fall below freezing during the night, any slush or standing water remaining on the roads may refreeze. Motorists who must travel early Thursday morning should expect to encounter black ice, especially on bridge decks, ramps and crossovers.
Even though road conditions are much improved, motorists should continue to check road conditions and observe the following precautions:
• Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
Road conditions and weather for all highways in Virginia are continuously updated on VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org. 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.
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