Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 21, 2012
ICY CONDITIONS LIKELY TONIGHT, EARLY SUNDAY
Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions
CULPEPER — Motorists traveling overnight Saturday should use caution and expect to encounter freezing conditions. Interstate and primary highways across Central Virginia are clear of snow, but moisture left on the road surface may freeze tonight as temperatures drop below freezing.
In Greene County, secondary highways are reported as snow-covered and slippery. Secondary roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange and Rappahannock counties are mostly clear but with patches of snow and ice. Roads in Fluvanna, Louisa and Madison counties are clear.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will continue to monitor and treat roadways overnight.
Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions.
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 Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
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, http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/statewide/2011/virginia_prepared_for_severe55277.asp.
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