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CULP 2010-029

Feb. 5, 2010



ROAD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO WORSEN OVERNIGHT
VDOT, National Weather Service warn against travel during ‘extremely dangerous’ storm

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to urge residents to avoid driving during the winter storm that is now affecting most of Virginia. All roads in Piedmont Virginia are snow-covered and hazardous and driving conditions will continue to deteriorate through the night.

According to the National Weather Service this is an “extremely dangerous storm” and “travel conditions across the region will be extremely hazardous and life-threatening.” Snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches are forecast overnight Friday in the central and northern regions of Virginia, with additional snow continuing to fall for most of the day Saturday.

VDOT is fully mobilized across its Culpeper District with more than 700 pieces of equipment deployed across the district’s nine counties. In addition to its snowplows VDOT has also mobilized heavy equipment, including motor graders and front-end loaders that are able to move heavy snow. Tree crews are also on call and will be dispatched to clear roads blocked by fallen trees.

Anyone considering travel overnight Friday and Saturday morning is urged to 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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Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available on the Web, www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/snowseason.asp



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