Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 8, 2013
ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE
Freezing rain will continue overnight; VDOT crews use sand, salt to combat icing conditions
CULPEPER — Commuters should allow plenty of time for their Monday morning drive and expect to encounter icy conditions on Central Virginia roads. Sleet and freezing rain is forecast to continue through the night and may create hazardous driving conditions early Monday.
Motorists are urged to check road conditions before they leave and consider postponing travel during the storm, particularly overnight and early Monday morning when below freezing temperatures are most likely to create icy conditions. Significant icing may cause problems with fallen trees and power lines early Monday morning. Drivers should be alert for trees, debris or fallen power lines in the roads. If traffic signals are dark due to a power outage motorists should treat that intersection as a stop condition in all directions.
The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 66 in Fauquier County and I-64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties are in minor condition, with mostly clear pavement with patches of snow and ice. Primary roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties are also in minor condition. Primary highways in Fauquier, Fluvanna and Rappahannock counties are in moderate condition, mostly covered with snow and ice and passable with caution. Secondary roads are in moderate conditions across Central Virginia.
Crews continue to treat the roads with a mix of sand and salt to melt the sleet and prevent it from sticking to the roads. If snow and slush accumulates to a depth of about two inches on the roadways operators will begin plowing. In the Culpeper District’s nine counties there are more than 250 trucks spreading chemicals and plowing tonight to keep the roads as safe as possible.
VDOT crews focus their snow and ice control first on interstates and primaries, and then turn their attention to secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. VDOT has coordinated with tree-removal crews, power companies and local wrecker services to ensure that all resources will be ready to quickly respond to icy conditions.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
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 online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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