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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2010-040

Feb. 9, 2010



ANOTHER WINTER STORM MAKES DRIVING HAZARDOUS IN CENTRAL VA.
VDOT crews clearing major highways; blowing snow, reduced visibility forecast on Wednesday

CULPEPER — Road conditions are rapidly deteriorating across Piedmont Virginia as snow continues to fall. Most roads are becoming snow-covered and will be hazardous for travel on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. On some roads the fresh snow is falling on top of packed snow and ice from last weekend’s storm, making it difficult for drivers to see the slippery surface beneath the new snow.

Anyone with travel plans overnight Tuesday is urged to keep up-to-date on road conditions and weather forecasts since snow, possibly mixed with periods of sleet, are expected to continue across the region late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. On Wednesday gusty winds are forecast to cause blowing and drifting snow and decreased visibility and add to the hazardous driving conditions. VDOT urges that non-essential travel be postponed until the storm ends.

VDOT crews will work overnight to keep interstate highways and primary roads open to traffic. Once those highways are in good condition the crews will shift their work to the region’s secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

Travelers should frequently check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org for the latest information on road conditions and weather for all major highways in Virginia. VDOT’s statewide network of traffic cameras also provides live feeds of traffic conditions on major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66, Route 29 and Route 250 in Piedmont Virginia.

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