Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 24, 2013
VDOT CREWS CLEARING OVERNIGHT SNOW
Sub-freezing overnight temperatures leave some roads slick; motorists should drive cautiously
CULPEPER – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are working to clear snow from the region’s roads after an overnight storm spread light snow across Central Virginia. Interstates and primary highways mostly clear with patches of snow and ice; many secondary roads are mostly snow-covered and slick.
Interstate 64 in Albemarle County and I-66 in Fauquier County are in minor condition, mostly wet with patches of snow and ice on the road. I-64 through Louisa County is reported wet but clear of snow.
Primary highways in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Fauquier, Greene, Louisa and Orange counties are reported in minor condition; mostly clear with patches of snow and ice on the surface. Primaries in Madison and Rappahannock counties are reported in moderate conditions, with the roads mostly snow-covered.
Secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Madison and Rappahannock counties are reported to be mostly snow-covered in moderate condition at this hour. Secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Louisa and Orange counties are in minor condition.
VDOT crews have worked overnight to clear snow from the roads across Central Virginia, focusing first on the interstate and primary highways. As conditions allow the crews will shift their work to the secondary roads.
Motorists are advised to continue 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. 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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