Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 13, 2014
SECOND ROUND OF SNOW BLANKETS CENTRAL VA.
Interstates, primary highways in west and most secondary roads are snow-covered
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation made significant progress in clearing interstates and major highways across Central Virginia this afternoon but a second round of snow is now falling and some highways are snow-covered again. Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain in western Albemarle County and I-66 in western Fauquier County are both snow-covered. To the east both interstates are reported wet with patches of packed snow and slush.
Some primary highways along the Blue Ridge Mountains on the western border of the Culpeper District, including Route 29 in Albemarle and Greene counties, Route 33 west of Ruckersville and Route 522 in Rappahannock County, are also snow-covered and slick. Intersections, turn lanes and crossovers may still be snow-covered; VDOT will use tractors and other equipment to remove the snow from those areas as the storm cleanup continues.
Secondary roads in the region are reported in moderate condition, meaning that much of the road still snow-covered, or severe condition with significant accumulations of snow that make driving hazardous. VDOT crews are shifting their work onto those secondary roads as they continue 24 hour snow-removal operations, but some secondary roads may not be plowed until Friday morning. Crews will continue to monitor conditions on the interstates and primary highways overnight and will shift equipment to clear those roads as conditions warrant. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
Travel may become hazardous again overnight when temperatures drop below freezing and the water and slush on the roads refreezes. This is a concern on all roads, even those that have been cleared to bare pavement, and motorists should be aware they may encounter black ice Thursday night and early Friday morning.
The winter storm is affecting most of Virginia with snow, sleet and freezing rain. Road conditions in different parts of the state may vary greatly and VDOT recommends that anyone considering travel check the conditions along their route and at their destination and plan their trip accordingly. VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, 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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.