|IMMEDIATE - 9:30 p.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Jan. 8, 2017
ROADS WILL REMAIN HAZARDOUS OVERNIGHT IN CENTRAL VA.
Black ice likely due to subfreezing temperatures, check 511 before travel
CULPEPER — At this hour interstates and primary highways in the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are clear of snow, although patches of black ice and frozen slush are likely in crossovers, turn lanes, ramps and on bridges and overpasses. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will continue snow-removal operations overnight, focusing on the region’s secondary roads.
The crews will plow accumulated snow and spread sand and salt to aid in melting packed snow and improve traction. Even after treatment many secondary roads will continue to have large amounts of the road surface covered with packed snow and ice and travel will remain hazardous on those roads. Slightly better driving conditions are reported on the secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties.
With temperatures already below freezing and forecast to plummet into the teens and near zero in some areas tonight, black ice and generally hazardous driving conditions are expected overnight and through the day on Sunday. Motorists should continue to stay off the roads.
If travel is necessary, drivers should observe the following precautions:
- Check local weather and road conditions before leaving.
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Do not pass a snowplow or other snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary.
Tune in to local news media for weather information and use 511 Virginia for real-time road conditions. Details about VDOT’s winter-weather preparation and response can be found on VDOT’s web page, Winter Travel Info.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia web site, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp.
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