Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 1, 2013
SOME CENTRAL VA. ROADS ARE SLICK THIS MORNING
Sub-freezing overnight temperatures leave icy conditions; motorists should drive cautiously
CULPEPER – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are working to clear the region’s roads after an overnight storm spread light snow across Central Virginia. Primary highways and secondary roads are mostly clear with patches of snow and ice.
Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa County and I-66 in Fauquier County are clear of snow but the pavement is wet in some places.
Primary highways in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Madison counties are reported in minor condition; mostly clear with patches of snow and ice on the surface. Secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Madison counties are reported in minor condition as well.
VDOT crews have worked overnight to keep Central Virginia’s roads clear, focusing first on the interstate and primary highways. As conditions allow the crews are shifting their efforts to the secondary roads.
Motorists are advised to use caution while driving, particularly early this morning since temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing through the morning. They 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. Many secondary roads that have not yet been cleared may be slippery and motorists should reduce their speed on those roads.
Road conditions are also reported to be hazardous in other parts of Virginia, where many secondary roads remain closed due to flooding. 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.
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