Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


March 6, 2013

Downed trees creating additional issues for motorists

LYNCHBURG –While snow is continuing to fall in many areas of the commonwealth, it is beginning to become lighter from west to east in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg District; however, issues with downed trees are increasing.

As of 1:00 p.m., Route 60 in Amherst County remained closed following an incident involving a tractor-trailer carrying logs.  The road is expected to be closed for several hours and vehicular traffic is being detoured around the site.  Large trucks are waiting for the scene to be cleared so they can proceed.  Very slick conditions are reported in the area and snow accumulation of over 12 inches has been reported in the immediate area, as well as in the higher elevations of Nelson County. 

Most major roads in the counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Cumberland, Nelson and Prince Edward are in moderate condition.  This means that there is snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.  Road conditions on major roads in the counties of Appomattox, Campbell and Charlotte are in minor condition which indicates that there are isolated spots of snow, ice or slush, while major roads in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties are mostly clear.

As the storm has started to come to an end, winds have picked up and reports of downed trees have been received from Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson and Pittsylvania counties. 

While conditions are expected to improve later today, any moisture left on roadways has the potential to refreeze during overnight hours and into early Thursday.

VDOT urges motorists to know the conditions before leaving your current location. For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or anytime, call 511 or visit

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