VDOT News - Culpeper



Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890

CULP 2021-018

Feb. 13, 2021

Freezing rain impacting much of Virginia, VDOT urges public to stay off roads

CULPEPER — Freezing rain is falling across much of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation is advising the public to stay off the roads during this storm. VDOT’s message is simple: There is no safe way to travel when freezing rain and ice are on the roads.

VDOT crews are deployed across the nine counties of the Culpeper District. Plows are spreading salt and sand; the salt will help melt any ice on the roads and sand increases traction. Crews will continue working around the clock to keep roads safe for emergency responders and others who must be out on the roads during the storm.

Again, the message for the general public is: Stay home. Do not travel during this storm.

For those who must travel:  

  • Clear your vehicle of all snow and ice including the roof
  • Drive for the conditions by reducing speed and increasing following distance
  • Brake gently. Remember, it takes longer to stop in snow and ice
  • Stay in control. Make smooth, precise movements with the steering wheel and anticipate lane changes, turns, and curves well in advance
  • Give plows room to work. Stay back from VDOT snowplows and other equipment
  • Use VDOT’s free 511 toolsto check road conditions along your route and at your destination

Behind the weather system affecting Virginia today into Sunday morning there is another storm system projected to impact the Commonwealth early next week. Residents should keep a close eye on weather forecasts since this weather system also has the potential to disrupt travel early next week.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

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 the district’s snow emergency webpage.

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


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