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Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Feb. 16, 2016
EARLY-MORNING COMMUTERS MAY ENCOUNTER BLACK ICE
VDOT crews working overnight to address icing, fallen trees, flooded roads
CULPEPER — Although Tuesday’s sunshine and moderate temperatures melted much of the snow on central Virginia’s roads, the mercury may fall below freezing early Wednesday and create black ice from any moisture remaining on the pavement. Several secondary roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties are closed tonight due to high water covering the roads.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are working overnight to respond to reports of black ice as well as any fallen trees. The crews will also monitor flooded roads. Once the water recedes the road will be inspected for damage and reopened to traffic when it is determined to be safe.
Motorists traveling early Wednesday morning may encounter frozen patches on roads that appear otherwise clear of snow. Some secondary roads are still covered with packed snow that will become slick in subfreezing temperatures. Drivers should check weather and road conditions, allow plenty of time for any trip, reduce speed and leave plenty of distance between their car and other vehicles.
Real-time road conditions and traffic camera feeds are online at 511Virginia.org. You can also call 511 for road condition information. Details about VDOT’s winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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