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CULP 2010-43

Feb. 10, 2010



BLOWING SNOW, HIGH WINDS MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT
Road conditions improve south of Culpeper, to the north the storm continues to vex motorists

CULPEPER — Road conditions vary greatly across the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District at this hour. Major highways to the south and east of Culpeper are mostly clear with patches of packed snow and slush. From Culpeper north, including Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, roads are still largely covered with hard-packed snow and thick slush. The northern area is also experiencing high winds and blowing snow that is causing drifting across roads that have been plowed repeatedly this morning.

Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is in moderate condition with most of the road covered with snow. Motorists considering travel in the northern Piedmont or into Northern Virginia are warned that snow is still falling and strong winds are causing considerable blowing and drifting snow. Travel in that region will be extremely hazardous through the rest of Wednesday.

Many secondary roads are also snow-covered in the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District. On some roads the snow has fallen 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.

Motorists should frequently check road conditions and weather forecasts through the day. High winds are forecast through Wednesday night and will continue to cause blowing and drifting and decreased visibility. Those conditions will also make driving hazardous. VDOT urges that non-essential travel be postponed until the storm ends and road conditions improve.

VDOT crews are working to clear the snow from interstate highways and major primary roads across the Culpeper District. Once the interstates and primary highways are in good condition the crews will shift their work to the region’s secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org,. has up-to-date 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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