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CULP 2015-060

March 5, 2015



FALLING TEMPERATURES MAKE FOR ICY ROADS OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews continue work on secondary roads; motorists should drive with extreme caution

CULPEPER (10 p.m.) — As temperatures continue to drop tonight the packed snow and slush on many central Virginia roads is freezing and creating hazardous driving conditions.  The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise against non-essential travel. Drivers who must be on the roads should check road conditions before they leave, slow down and leave plenty of distance between themselves and other vehicles. Motorists should also stay well clear of snowplows and other equipment working on snow removal.

Interstate 64, I-66 and major primary highways are clear with wet pavement in some areas but in other places are covered with a frozen mix. VDOT crews are working to plow secondary roads, but even after plowing many of those roads have a glaze of packed snow that is likely to freeze overnight. Freezing conditions are particularly likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas, as well as roads at higher elevations where the temperatures are colder.

VDOT crews will continue snow-removal operations around the clock until all roads have been plowed and are in passable condition. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Motorists planning long trips overnight and on Friday should know conditions along the route and the forecast weather at their destination. This storm is affecting a large swathe of the East Coast and many areas are reporting severe winter weather and hazardous driving conditions.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

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