|IMMEDIATE - 5 a.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890
Feb. 7, 2018
FREEZING RAIN WILL IMPACT TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE
VDOT advises motorists to expect slick driving conditions, consider delaying travel
CULPEPER — Rain combined with freezing temperatures are creating slick conditions on some roads near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Motorists should postpone non-essential travel until later this morning when temperatures will rise above freezing and the precipitation will change to rain. Those who must travel early this morning should be alert for black ice due to the freezing rain.
Crews in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have been on duty overnight and are treating roads with salt and sand to help melt the ice and improve traction on the slick surfaces. Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties and I-66 in Fauquier County, as well as major primary highways, were pre-treated with brine on Monday.
Roads in the western counties near the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as lightly traveled secondary roads, bridges and overpasses will likely be icy this morning. Icy conditions are reported on secondary roads in Madison County due to freezing rain. Those who must travel should reduce speed, increase following distance and use VDOT’s free 511 tools before leaving to check road conditions along their route.
Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp and on the district’s snow information webpage.
VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.
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