Greg Bilyeu 804-786-4243
March 6, 2013
WINTER STORM UPDATE
Use caution; avoid all non-essential travel during the storm
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are responding to a winter storm that continues bring snow to central, northwest and northern Virginia.
At this time, Interstate 64, I-95, I-66 and I-81 are all in moderate condition, meaning that they are covered with snow and passable with caution.
VDOT emphasizes the message that motorists should avoid all non-essential travel during the storm. VDOT is working closely with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police and other state agencies to coordinate our emergency response efforts.
Across the state, VDOT is fully engaged, with all contractors active and plowing in affected areas. Emergency operations will continue overnight and until storm has ended and roads are clear.
Heavy, wet snow is causing numerous downed trees in some areas, and with that, downed power lines. VDOT crews are working with power companies to coordinate safe removal.
VDOT advises motorists to be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Monitor your local media and the National Weather Service resources for weather information.
Roads are reported snow-covered and slick throughout VDOT’s Staunton and Culpeper districts, with the heaviest accumulations in the western areas near the Blue Ridge Mountains. VDOT has received a report of 20 inches accumulation on Route 33 in Greene County where it crosses the Blue Ridge at Skyline Drive.
Most areas are reporting moderate conditions, but secondary roads in Albemarle are in severe condition. To the east in Louisa, secondary roads are in moderate condition.
In the Lynchburg District, snowfall amounts range from just a trace in Pittsylvania County to over a foot in parts of Amherst and Nelson Counties – close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In the Richmond District, the western and northwestern areas are getting the greatest impact, with reports of several downed trees on primary and secondary routes in Goochland.
In northern Virginia, the snowfall has picked up. VDOT has deployed more than 4,000 salt trucks and plows throughout northern Virginia in preparation for up to a foot of wet, heavy snow. Emergency tree contractors are on standby as strong winds could bring down trees and power lines.
Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) with questions or to report unsafe conditions and call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org before you travel for the latest road and traffic conditions.
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during winter weather.
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