Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 22, 2014
TONIGHT’S DEEP FREEZE CALLS FOR EXTRA CAUTION
Central Va. road conditions improve; motorists should anticipate black ice Thursday morning
CULPEPER — Interstate and primary highways in Central Virginia are clear of ice and snow at this hour and the region’s secondary roads are mostly in minor condition, with patches of ice remaining on the pavement. The conditions are favorable for black ice, with temperatures already well below freezing and predicted to fall near zero. Any water remaining on the roads will freeze and, although the surface looks like bare pavement, it is actually a glaze of ice.
VDOT’s crews will remain on duty 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 areas the sun did not reach during the day.
Travel tonight will be hazardous because of the icy conditions. Any snow remaining on secondary roads 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 allow extra time for trips, reduce speed and increase following distance.
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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