Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 22, 2014
DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT REFREEZING OVERNIGHT
I-64, I-66, major highways clear in Central Va., many secondary roads are still icy
CULPEPER — Major highways across Central Virginia are reported clear of snow and ice this afternoon, but many secondary roads in the region are still snow-covered and icy. Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working all day to clear the snow and address icy conditions on the secondary system.
Although the temperature has stayed well below freezing all day the bright sunshine combined with salt applied to the roads has helped to melt some of the ice, especially on well-traveled roads. Once night falls, however, any remaining water will quickly refreeze and many roads will have slick spots overnight and early Thursday morning.
VDOT’s crews will continue their work overnight to address refreezing and icing conditions, using sand and salt to improve traction. Bridges, overpasses, ramps and crossovers will freeze first, and slick conditions are also most likely at high elevations and shady areas where the sun has not reached during the day.
Travel tonight will be hazardous because of the icy conditions. On many secondary roads the remaining snow and ice has packed onto the road surface and will remain until temperatures rise above freezing. VDOT crews will continue to spread salt and abrasives to increase traction but motorists should be aware that they are likely to encounter slick conditions on those roads for the next several days. Drivers should reduce speed and increase following distance to make their travels as safe as possible.
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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