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CULP 2015-055

March 5, 2015

VDOT trucks, operators ready for changeover from rain to sleet, snow

CULPEPER — (4:30 a.m.) With rain turning to sleet and then accumulating snow by late morning and temperatures slowly dropping into the teens overnight, motorists in central Virginia are advised that road conditions will worsen as Thursday progresses.

The Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers make their plans with the forecast in mind and consider options like teleworking.

Crews with VDOT’s Culpeper District are on duty to respond to winter weather conditions and will work around the clock in 12-hour shifts until all state-maintained roads are passable.

What to expect

  • VDOT crews will begin applying sand and salt to the roads as sleet and snow begins to fall. To avoid damaging the road or the plow, they wait to push snow until it accumulates to a depth of one to two inches on the road surface.
  • Crews will focus their operations first on Interstate 64, I-66 and primary highways. Once those roads are in good condition crews will move to the secondary road system and finally to subdivision streets.
  • Plows may make one pass along secondary roads and continue on to open other roads before returning to plow the full width of the road.
  • VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

How you can help

  • Postpone non-essential travel until after the storm passes and roads are in good condition.
  • If you must travel, check weather and road conditions before you leave. Allow plenty of time for the trip. Drive for conditions: slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not pass snow plows.
  • Clear all your vehicle’s windows and remove snow from the roof and other surfaces. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including a shovel, sand or other abrasive, a blanket and a flashlight. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into the driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.

Where to learn more


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.

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