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CULP 2018-032

March 19, 2018



SPRING ECLIPSED BY ANOTHER FORECAST WINTER STORM
Drivers should monitor weather through Wednesday; use 511 Virginia for road conditions

CULPEPER — The calendar says Tuesday is the first day of spring but weather forecasters predict that winter is not yet done. A wintry mix of rain, snow and some freezing rain is forecast for Piedmont Virginia beginning early Tuesday through Wednesday evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District urges everyone to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions and be ready to adjust travel plans.

VDOT crews will report for duty Tuesday morning to prepare for the forecast storm. Once snow or freezing rain begins to fall, VDOT operators will treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and aid melting. They will begin plowing if snow accumulates to a depth of about two inches on the road surface. Crews will first focus on interstates and primary highways before shifting to secondary routes.

Since the weather may vary widely by location, drivers are advised to use VDOT’s free 511 tools to know road conditions along their routes and at their destination. Motorists are encouraged to monitor local forecasts and drive for the conditions by reducing speed and increasing following distance.

Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are also distributed via Twitter; follow  Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

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