|IMMEDIATE - 6 a.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter 540.717.2890
Jan. 4, 2018
SNOWY ROADS REPORTED IN SOME CENTRAL VA. COUNTIES
Interstates, primary roads are clear but secondary routes snow covered in Fluvanna, Louisa
CULPEPER — Light snow and temperatures well below freezing combined overnight to leave some Central Virginia roads snow-covered and slick, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Interstate 64, I-66 and most major highways across the region are clear but there are patches of snow on the primary roads in Fluvanna and Louisa counties. Secondary roads in Fluvanna and Louisa counties are mostly snow-covered and reported in moderate condition, according to VDOT. In Albemarle, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties major highways are clear and secondary routes are in minor condition.
VDOT crews were on duty overnight and spread salt and sand on the roads to improve traction and melt the snow. Day crews will report for duty at 8 a.m. and continue working through the day to clear snow and any frozen areas.
A Highway Emergency Response Team from the Culpeper District headed to Hampton Roads on Wednesday afternoon, where they will assist with snow removal during the storm. Several similar crews, also known as Tiger Teams, from other VDOT districts are also working in Hampton Roads to augment local resources there.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for the next several days and drop to near zero overnight, and any moisture left on roadways will likely refreeze into black ice, especially in the early morning hours. Bridges and overpasses, lightly-traveled secondary roads, intersections and crossovers are the most likely locations where drivers will encounter slick conditions.
Central Virginia residents planning to travel to other regions of Virginia, particularly to Richmond and points east, should check road conditions using VDOT’s free 511 tools before setting out. Travelers should anticipate encountering accumulating snow on roads to the east.
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. Information about what to pack in an automobile emergency kit can be found on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.
VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.
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