RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-717-2890
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Stacy.Londrey@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-718-7698
CULP 2014-061

March 18, 2014



FREEZING RAIN MAY CREATE DRIVING HAZARD OVERNIGHT
Central Va. motorists should monitor road conditions, weather before traveling

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for possible freezing rain overnight. Anyone planning to drive tonight in Central Virginia should be aware that some roads may be icy early Wednesday morning.

VDOT crews will monitor road conditions and will respond to any areas where freezing rain does materialize. In most of Central Virginia overnight temperatures will be near freezing so precipitation will fall as rain but may freeze on surfaces if the temperature falls low enough. Roads at higher elevations in the west near the Blue Ridge Mountains are most likely to see freezing temperatures. Highway bridges, ramps, crossovers and turn lanes freeze before other road surfaces.

VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, 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.


(END)


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.



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: March 18, 2014