Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 1, 2010
MOTORISTS ADVISED TO EXPECT ICING THIS MORNING
Black ice likely on roads; VDOT continues work on secondary routes
CULPEPER — Motorists should expect to encounter freezing conditions when they head out this morning, especially in the early morning hours. Temperatures in the teens overnight have frozen any water remaining on the roads after yesterday’s melting.
Interstate and primary highways across the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are clear of snow and ice, although some frozen patches remain. Motorists should continue to drive with caution and expect to encounter patches of black ice on those highways during the nighttime and early morning hours.
One section of Route 33 in Louisa County between Trevilians and Louisa, from Route 22 (Louisa Road) to Route 632 (Waldrop Church Road), still has significant patches of hard-packed snow on the pavement and is listed in minor condition. VDOT crews are working to clear that section.
Most, if not all, secondary roads across the region should be plowed by Monday morning; VDOT crews worked overnight to complete that task. Secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties are mostly clear of ice and snow; secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties still have significant amounts of hard-packed snow covering the pavement. Motorists should be aware that slick conditions are likely and drive accordingly.
VDOT crews will continue treating highways with salt and sand to combat overnight refreezing as needed. Drivers should decrease their speed and anticipate slick conditions, particularly on bridge decks, entrance and exit ramps and roads at high elevations.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Piedmont Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
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