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CULP 2010-041

Feb. 10, 2010



MOTORISTS SHOULD EXPECT SLICK CONDITIONS TODAY
Some roads snow-covered; sleet and high winds will add to travel difficulties on Wednesday

CULPEPER — Major highways across Piedmont Virginia are wet but showing some patches of snow and slush. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is in minor condition with some snow on the road surface; I-64 in Albemarle County is in similar condition but is clear in Louisa County.

On some secondary 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. Fluvanna County is reporting some icing from sleet and freezing rain that has fallen overnight. Motorists crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains this morning on I-64 and Route 250 in Albemarle and Route 33 in Greene County should expect reduced visibility due to fog.

Travel is expected to remain hazardous all day as the snow continues and motorists should frequently check road conditions and weather forecasts since snow, possibly mixed with periods of sleet, are expected to continue across the region for most of the day. High 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 have worked throughout the night to treat major highways with salt and sand to improve traction and help melt the snow and ice. As the snow accumulates they will begin plowing on the interstates and primary roads. 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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