Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 15, 2013
VDOT MOBILIZES FOR FORECAST FREEZING RAIN
Conditions may change rapidly as temperatures fall overnight Tuesday
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work at midnight in the western parts of the Culpeper District to prepare for the freezing rain that may fall early Wednesday morning along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Although widespread freezing is not predicted motorists are cautioned to check local weather and road conditions before traveling late Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Pavement temperatures will be near freezing and drivers may encounter slick conditions, especially on bridge decks, ramps and turn lanes. The chance of freezing rain is highest in the western counties along the Blue Ridge and on the mountain passes, including Interstate 64, I-66, and Routes 250, 33, 211 and 522.
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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