Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 27, 2015
ICY, SLICK SPOTS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING
While roads have small amounts of snow and slush in many areas of the Fredericksburg District, hazardous conditions may be present
FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists on Interstate 95 in Caroline, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties will find clear pavement on the interstate this morning.
Primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area have mostly wet pavement with limited patches of snow and slush.
In the Middle Peninsula, primary roads in Essex, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, and northern Gloucester counties are in minor to moderate condition. Portions or large sections of the travel lanes are covered in snow due to a 3 a.m. heavy band of snow that moved across the area.
In the Northern Neck, primary roads in King George and Westmoreland counties have wet pavement and areas of snow and slush. Main roads in Richmond, Northumberland, and Lancaster counties are clear.
Motorists traveling this morning are advised to use additional caution in areas where road conditions may have patches of snow and slush.
While the road surface may appear clear, slick or icy spots may be present, especially on roads carrying less traffic, on hills and curves, and bridges, overpasses, and interstate ramps.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked overnight and remain at work this morning using more than 350 trucks in the Fredericksburg District to apply sand and salt to the roads. Salt is applied to melt ice and slush, and sand improves a vehicle’s traction on the road.
VDOT crews will remain at work today in affected areas until all roads are clear for travel.
Before starting a trip, travelers can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting snow or partially blocked road.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
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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