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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2009-012 5 a.m.

Jan. 28, 2009



FREEZING RAIN CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS
Secondary, unpaved roads are icy, motorists should use caution this morning

CULPEPER – Freezing rain is causing hazardous driving across Central Virginia on Wednesday morning, with icy conditions particularly on secondary roads and unpaved roads. Interstate and primary highways are largely clear of snow but motorists may encounter slick spots and are urged to continue to use extreme caution if they must drive early this morning.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working all night, treating the roads with sand and salt and plowing the surface when needed. A secondary concern as ice weighs on tree limbs and power line is the possibility of debris falling into the road. Motorists should also be alert for that hazard as well.

East Rio Road near Melbourne Road in Albemarle County has reopened to traffic. The road was closed late Tuesday night after a utility pole was struck by a vehicle. Utility crews have completed their work and the road is open.

Even after roads have been plowed and treated with chemicals and abrasives motorists should continue to drive with caution, reduce speed and allow extra room between their vehicle and others on the roads. Drivers should also keep aware of current weather and traffic conditions. Before leaving visit www.511Virginia.org, or call 511 from any telephone.

Hazardous driving conditions are most likely Wednesday morning until temperatures rise above freezing later in the day. Motorists should be particularly careful on bridges, overpasses, turn lanes, ramps and intersections, as well as roads at higher elevations and in the western areas of Central Virginia.

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