|IMMEDIATE - 11:30 a.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
March 21, 2018
AS STORM CONTINUES, SO DO VDOT EFFORTS TO CLEAR CENTRAL VA. ROADS
VDOT recommends postponing non-essential travel, check highway conditions using 511 tools
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are engaged in snow-removal operations across Central Virginia as the late winter snow continues to accumulate. The latest forecasts predict the snow will continue until this evening with several additional inches expected across VDOT’s Culpeper District.
At mid-day, Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa County and I-66 in Fauquier County are in minor condition, with patches of snow and slush on the highway.
In Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties all primary and secondary routes are snow-covered and in moderate condition. Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene and Rappahannock County are reporting primary routes in minor condition while secondary roads are in moderate condition.
VDOT crews and contractors are working 12-hour shifts around the clock to clear the roads, focusing first on interstate and primary highways. Once those roads are in good condition and the snow stops the crews will shift their resources to state-maintained secondary routes (numbered 600 and above). VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the snow ends.
VDOT uses several techniques in snow-removal operations, beginning with a mix of sand and salt spread as the snow begins. That mix aids traction and helps prevent the snow from bonding to the road surface. Once approximately two inches of snow accumulates, the trucks begin plowing.
With the forecast calling for the snow to continue into the evening, possibly mixing with sleet during the afternoon, VDOT is recommending that motorists consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If you must travel, be aware that road conditions will vary widely by location. Motorists are advised to use VDOT’s free 511 tools to know road conditions along their routes and at their destination. Long-distance travel to the north may be particularly difficult since the storm is intensifying as it moves into states north of Virginia.
Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. The National Weather Service provides updated forecasts for the Central Virginia area through its Sterling office. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp and on the district’s snow information webpage.
VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.
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