Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 17, 2014
VDOT READY FOR YET ANOTHER WINTER STORM
Snow, freezing rain forecast for Central Va. overnight; motorists should monitor weather
CULPEPER — Another fast-moving winter storm is forecast to bring snow and sleet or freezing rain to Central Virginia beginning late Monday night and continuing until about dawn Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Transportation urges residents to keep a close eye on the weather and road conditions. This weather system is not expected to leave significant accumulations, but the combination of snow, sleet or freezing rain and temperatures at or below freezing may make some roads slick during the storm.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District is prepared for the storm. Trucks were rigged with plows and loaded with sand and salt today; crews will report for duty at 8 p.m.. Crews will first focus their efforts on the interstate and primary systems and then shift to the secondary roads. VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
Those planning travel overnight and on Tuesday morning should check the weather and road conditions before they leave. This storm is predicted affect a large swath of northern and western Virginia, and conditions may vary widely across the region. 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
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.