Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 29, 2014
HIGHWAYS IN CENTRAL VA. REPORTED CLEAR OF SNOW
Icy patches remain on many secondary roads; motorists should drive cautiously overnight
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have cleared Interstate 64, I-66 and the primary highways in Central Virginia but many of the region’s secondary roads still show the effects of last night’s snow storm with patches of packed snow remaining on the pavement.
Secondary roads in Fauquier and Orange counties are reported in moderate condition with significant accumulations of snow on many roads. In Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Rappahannock counties the secondary roads are in minor condition with patches of snow and ice left on the pavement.
VDOT efforts were assisted by the bright sunshine today which helped to melt the snow on some roads. Tonight that melting may become a problem, however, as temperatures drop again and that moisture refreezes into black ice.
Motorists who venture out tonight and early Thursday morning should drive with caution and anticipate encountering patches of frozen snow as well as other areas where water that melted during the day has refrozen on the surface. Black ice is particularly dangerous because the glaze of ice can look like dry, bare pavement.
VDOT’s crews will be working overnight to treat those frozen patches with sand and salt to improve traction and help melt the ice.
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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