Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 11, 2012
VDOT CREWS MOBILIZE IN ADVANCE OF SNOW, ICE
Snow removal teams will circulate throughout 14-county Fredericksburg District
FREDERICKSBURG—Snow removal teams at the Virginia Department of Transportation will mobilize this afternoon in advance of snow forecast to fall this evening throughout the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Weather forecasts call for accumulation varying from trace amounts to approximately one-inch of snow. With temperatures dropping below freezing overnight, the potential exists for any areas of moisture on roadways to turn into ice. In addition, wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph are forecast this evening, and may lead to downed trees and debris along roadways.
In the Fredericksburg area, 18 VDOT and state-hired trucks have been deployed to Interstate 95 to keep all lanes clear throughout the event. Crews will also patrol primary and secondary roads in Caroline, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties to apply salt and abrasives as needed to melt ice and provide traction on slippery patches.
Snow removal teams are also mobilizing this afternoon and overnight throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, where snow and high winds are anticipated. Snow is expected to begin falling during the late afternoon to early evening. Crews will be on alert for debris removal, as wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph are also forecast, especially along coastal areas.
Motorists are urged to use caution if they must travel during inclement weather, and to remain alert for downed trees and tree limbs.
Motorists driving this evening and tomorrow morning should allow extra travel time and remain alert for slick or icy road conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze first.
Real-time listings of road conditions in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. Motorists can also access 511Virginia by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of road debris, downed trees, or other roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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