Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 17, 2013
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE SNOW OPERATIONS
Winter storm conditions limited in Central Va.; motorists advised to drive with caution
CULPEPER -- Winter storm conditions are reported in several Central Virginia counties at this hour but most highways are in good conditions with icy patches in some areas. Interstate 64 and I-66 are reported clear, with wet pavement.
Primary and secondary highways in Albemarle and Fluvanna counties and primary highways in Louisa County are reported in minor conditions, mostly wet with some icy patches. Secondary roads in Louisa County are in moderate condition, meaning some roads are mostly snow-covered. Orange County secondary roads are reported in minor condition; primary highways in Orange are clear. Roads in all other counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are clear at this time.
Crews will continue to work through the evening and overnight, pushing snow and applying salt, which aids melting, and sand and other abrasives to improve traction on the road surface. Crews will focus their efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, then will shift resources to the secondary system (roads numbered 600 and above) as conditions allow.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution, reducing speed and allowing extra time for travel. Stay alert for slick conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze first. Freezing will likely be a particular problem early Friday morning as low temperatures fall into the mid to high 20s.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip, particularly if they are traveling south or west of Central Virginia. 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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