Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 6, 2015
MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR OVERNIGHT REFREEZE
VDOT crews continue work on secondary system, will monitor icing conditions tonight
CULPEPER (4 p.m.) — Mother Nature provided an assist today toward the Virginia Department of Transportation’s goal to clear remaining slush and ice from the roads in central Virginia. Crews from VDOT’s Culpeper District have been working all day to complete plowing on the district’s secondary system and neighborhood streets.
Interstate 64, I-66 and major primary highways are clear and mostly dry, but many secondary roads are still partially covered with slush and remain icy in areas where the sun hasn’t reached.
That remaining slush is likely to freeze again overnight and will present hazardous driving conditions early Saturday morning. Freezing conditions are particularly likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas, as well as roads at higher elevations where the temperatures are colder.
VDOT crews will continue working overnight to complete snow-removal operations and respond to any reports of icing. Motorists who plan to drive overnight should check road conditions before they leave and expect to encounter slick patches and black ice, even on otherwise clear roadways.
Rising temperatures and bright sunshine forecast for the weekend and early next week will help to melt and evaporate the remaining slush and ice.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.
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