|IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m.
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Feb. 15, 2016
FREEZING RAIN WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS TONIGHT
Snow cleared from major highways but VDOT expects slick conditions through early Tuesday
CULPEPER — Although primary and interstate highways across central Virginia are mostly clear of accumulated snow the Virginia Department of Transportation continues to caution motorists to avoid unnecessary travel Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.
The weather forecast calls for a mix of sleet, freezing rain and ice to continue to fall across the region for most of the evening. That frozen precipitation combined with temperatures at or below freezing will make driving extremely hazardous overnight.
VDOT crews are working around the clock to keep major highways passable. As the snow changes to sleet and freezing rain plowing becomes less effective and the plow trucks will spread a mix of sand and salt to provide traction and help melt any frozen precipitation on the roads. Even after salt and sand is applied motorists should expect that roads will remain slick with ice in many places.
Road conditions are currently reported as follows:
• Interstate 64 and I-66 – Clear with some lingering patches of snow.
• Primary highways – Mostly clear but slush remains along the center lines, toward the shoulders, on turn lanes and intersections.
• Secondary highways (numbered 600 and above) – Many remain snow-covered and slick even after plowing.
Real-time road conditions and traffic camera feeds are online at 511Virginia.org. You can also call 511 for road condition information. Details about VDOT’s winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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