VDOT News - Culpeper
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Feb. 10, 2021
VDOT PREPARES FOR SEVERAL CHANCES OF WINTER WEATHER
Motorists urged to pay attention to local weather, avoid traveling during storms
CULPEPER — Crews in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are preparing for several chances of winter weather beginning Wednesday night and continuing through at least early next week. These storm systems are expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.
VDOT snowplow operators spent Wednesday morning inspecting trucks and equipment, preparing supplies and planning for a multi-day response.
The first storm system is expected to move into the area Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. Some VDOT crews will be on duty overnight Wednesday to treat roads. But even with treatment, roads may still be slick and hazardous.
Motorists are urged to monitor local forecasts and to plan travel around the storms. Driving on snow-covered or icy roads is dangerous and should be avoided.
If you must travel:
- Clear all of the snow and ice off of your vehicle including the roof
- Give VDOT and contract crews plenty of space to work
- 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
- Use VDOT’s free 511 tools to know road conditions along your route
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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