|IMMEDIATE - 6 a.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter 540-717-2890
Jan. 9, 2018
BLACK ICE IS A DANGER ON CENTRAL VA. ROADS THIS MORNING
Most secondary roads are slick; drive with care, slow down, allow extra time
CULPEPER — Roads across Central Virginia are reported to be slick and drivers should use caution this morning and expect to encounter black ice. The rain and freezing rain that fell across Central Virginia yesterday, combined with freezing temperatures overnight, has left many roads with a glaze of frozen moisture that is extremely hazardous for motorists.
Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties is reported clear of ice, as is I-66 in Fauquier County. Primary highways (numbered below 600) are in minor conditions with patches of black ice in Albemarle, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa and Madison counties. Primary roads in Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Rappahannock counties are clear.
Secondary roads (numbered 600 and above) are also reported in minor condition across the region, with Fluvanna County reporting those roads large areas of black ice on most roads. Conditions should improve after dawn as temperatures rise above freezing.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation worked overnight to treat roads with sand and salt to increase traction. The crews will continue working this morning until roads are clear.
Motorists who must travel early Tuesday morning should drive with care, slow down and allow plenty of time for their trip. VDOT’s free 511 tools are available to check road conditions before leaving.
Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are 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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