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CULP 2010-038

Feb. 8, 2010



DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT ICY CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT
VDOT warns of refreeze; crews work to open roads before next storm arrives Tuesday

CULPEPER — Motorists traveling overnight Monday and early Tuesday morning should expect widespread freezing on roadways as water and the remaining snow on roadways refreezes during the night. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low teens in many areas and slick conditions will be common, especially during the morning commute on Tuesday.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are continuing to work around the clock to complete plowing of all secondary roads in the Culpeper District. All roads in the counties south of Interstate 64 should be passable by this evening; all roads in the counties north of I-64 will be plowed by Tuesday evening. Plowing on many secondary roads will be done initially in one pass to make the road passable for vehicles. After all roads are opened the plows will return to clear the roads to their full width.

As of Monday evening Interstate 64 through Central Virginia is clear of ice and snow; I-66 in Fauquier County is in minor condition with patches of ice on the roadway. Primary highways in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties are clear while primaries in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties are in minor condition with patches of packed snow and ice on the road surface.

Although road conditions have improved since the weekend’s historic snow storm motorists are advised to closely monitor weather forecasts and road conditions since another significant winter storm is expected to affect much of Virginia beginning Tuesday morning. Driving will be hazardous due to heavy snow and periods of sleet and freezing rain. High winds are forecast to accompany the storm Tuesday night and Wednesday; blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility will make driving extremely hazardous. Non-essential travel should be postponed until after the storm.

Travelers should check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site has real-time 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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