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Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
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CULP 2016-004

Jan. 22, 2016



AVOID TRAVEL DURING WEEKEND BLIZZARD
VDOT crews on 24-hour duty as snow enters central Virginia

CULPEPER — Motorists are advised not to travel over the next two days as a major winter storm presses into central Virginia, bringing with it up to 3 feet of snow, high winds and treacherous driving conditions.

The storm has crossed over the Blue Ridge, with roads in Albemarle and surrounding counties reported in clear to minor condition, with some snowy patches.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are on duty around the clock, with a goal to have all state-maintained roads passable — though in some cases, still snow-covered — within 48 hours after a storm ends.

Nearly 1,000 pieces of equipment will be used in VDOT’s local storm response, including plows and other specialized equipment that have been pre-staged across the nine-county Culpeper District. VDOT is engaged with local emergency responders, utility companies and towing services to provide coordinated assistance to the public.

Motorists should avoid all but emergency travel during and immediately after the storm. Having fewer vehicles on the road will help plows do their job quicker. Be prepared to shelter in place.

Use VDOT’s free 511 tools to monitor road conditions and live traffic camera feeds. Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

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