Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Feb. 21, 2015
ROAD CONDITIONS REMAIN HAZARDOUS IN CENTRAL VA.
VDOT crews continuing to work interstate, primary highways; travel not advised overnight
CULPEPER, 10 p.m. — The winter storm that dumped significant snow across Virginia today continues this evening, with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain in some areas of Central Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise motorists to stay off the roads as driving conditions are extremely hazardous.
Interstate 64, I-66 and the primary highways in VDOT’s Culpeper District are snow-covered and slick as VDOT crews continue to plow and spread chemicals to remove the snow and improve traction using salt and sand. Most secondary roads have not yet been plowed and are covered with anywhere from four to 12 inches of snow that may make travel difficult, especially for smaller vehicles.
Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous Saturday evening and overnight as the storm continues, with sleet, freezing rain and finally rain expected in many areas before the precipitation ends. VDOT cautions that small-stream flooding may be a hazard on Sunday as the melting snow runs off into nearby creeks.
VDOT’s snow-removal crews rotated onto the night shift at 8 p.m. Those operators will continue to work interstates and primary highways until they are in good condition, then shift resources to the secondary road system (routes numbered 600 and above). VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.
VDOT asks motorists to use caution around slow-moving vehicles. Slow down, increase following distance and do not pass snow plows and spreader trucks. Some trucks are working in a group, called a plow train, and passing part of the plow train is particularly dangerous.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 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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