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Feb. 18, 2015

Snow showers expected during afternoon commute could affect travel in Fredericksburg District

FREDERICKSBURG – Clearing subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads is the leading task for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crew members today in the 14-county Fredericksburg District.

VDOT crews and contractor staff worked overnight to plow state-maintained streets in neighborhoods and apply sand for additional traction. Crews will continue working 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are clear. VDOT’s goal is to have all state roads passable by Thursday morning, which is 48 hours after the end of this storm.

Snow showers are forecast for the Fredericksburg District during the afternoon rush hour, which could quickly cover the road and affect driver visibility. Approximately an inch of snow is anticipated.

Motorists can check real-time road conditions before traveling at, by calling 511, or downloading VDOT’s free mobile 511 app.

Motorists will find clear conditions on Interstate 95 and primary roads this morning. However, trace amounts of snow and ice may still be present in travel lanes. Extra caution should be used while entering turn lanes and crossovers on primary roads.   

What Motorists Can Expect:  
• Use extra caution in turn lanes and crossovers, where patches of ice and snow still exist on primary roads.
• Due to the extremely cold temperatures, trace amounts of snow and ice may remain frozen to subdivision streets even after a plow has passed.  
• VDOT can apply sand to give motorists extra traction in locations where ice and snow is frozen to the ground. Road treatment chemicals are less effective below 20 degrees. Warmer temperatures will be required to completely remove trace amounts of ice and snow, especially in shaded areas.
• Avoid shoveling snow from driveways and parking lots into state-maintained roads, where it could become a hazard for oncoming traffic.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-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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