Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 4, 2014
VDOT PREPARES FOR POTENTIAL FREEZING RAIN
Central Va. residents should watch weather, road conditions overnight
CULPEPER — Rain and freezing rain is forecast to move into Central Virginia early this evening. With surface temperatures predicted to be at or near freezing many roads may be slick Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District is preparing for the storm with brining under way on primary highways in the northern and western areas of the district. Crews across the district have loaded their plow trucks with sand and salt and the trucks will be on the road all night as the storm unfolds.
The possibility of freezing rain is greatest in the western counties along the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the mountain passes such as Interstate 64 and Route 250 in Albemarle County, I-66 in Fauquier, Route 33 in Greene and routes 211 and 522 in Rappahannock County.
VDOT strongly recommends that people postpone non-essential travel during periods of freezing rain. If you must travel, allow plenty of time for the trip, reduce speed and increase distance from other vehicles to allow for unexpected situations. Since the weather during the storm may vary widely by location VDOT advises drivers to know the road 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.
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