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CULP 2013-017

Feb. 8, 2013



DRIVERS CAUTIONED TO DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS MORNING
Central Va. interstates are clear, other roads reported slick from light snow overnight

CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting many roads across Central Virginia are slick, with patches of snow and slush from the light snow that has fallen overnight.  Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties and I-66 in Fauquier County are reported wet but clear of snow.

In Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties, primary and secondary roads are reported clear, although motorists should still drive cautiously since local conditions may change as the precipitation continues. Roads in counties to the north, including Fauquier, Culpeper, Orange and Rappahannock counties are slick and wet with patches of snow and slush.

VDOT crews in Central Virginia are working across the region to apply salt and sand to roads to increase traction and help melt the snow. Roads will be plowed when snow accumulation allows. Crews will continue working this morning until the roads are clear.

Motorists are advised to continue to use caution while driving, particularly early this morning while temperatures hover near freezing. They should reduce speed and allow extra time for travel. Stay alert for slick conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze first. Roads at higher elevations and those to the west, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, are also most likely to be slick this morning.

Road conditions are reported to still be hazardous in other parts of Virginia, especially in western and southwestern Virginia. 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.


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