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CULP 2009-014 9 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2009



MOTORISTS WARNED OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT
Wet roads, freezing temperatures present danger of black ice Thursday morning

CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service are warning motorists of potentially hazardous conditions overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel overnight and, if travel is essential, to use extreme caution, reduce speed and allow plenty of distance from other vehicles.

Most roads in Central Virginia are clear of snow and slush tonight but remain wet from the rain and melting ice. That moisture and puddles of standing water will likely form patches of black ice as temperatures fall below freezing late Wednesday night. VDOT crews will be on duty all night to monitor road conditions and treat slick spots with a mixture of sand and salt to improve traction and prevent refreezing.

Hazardous driving conditions are most likely early Thursday 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.

Drivers should also keep aware of current weather and traffic conditions. Before leaving visit www.511Virginia.org, or call 511 from any telephone.


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