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FRED-45042

Feb. 6, 2010



ROAD CONDITION UPDATE – 5:30 p.m.
Snow begins to taper off – Motorists ask to avoid travel tonight

FREDERICSKSBURG (5:30 p.m.) –  While snow is beginning to taper off, forecasters predict that snow showers will continue throughout the evening hours in the 14-county Fredericksburg district.  Crews will continue to work through the night to improve conditions on the interstate, primary and major secondary routes.  

Motorists can expect dangerous road conditions as temperatures begin to drop into the teens overnight. VDOT encourages motorists to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. Residents should not expect to see plows in the neighborhoods for the next several days.

If travel is necessary, VDOT reminds motorists to use extreme caution and call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest in road conditions information before heading out.

The following conditions are being reported throughout the district.

• Fredericksburg and Caroline County Area:  Interstate 95, primary and major secondary routes are reported in moderate condition; low volume secondary routes and subdivision streets are in severe condition.
• Northern Neck Area:  Primary routes are moderate and secondary routes are moderate to severe.
• Middle Peninsula Area:  Primary routes are moderate and secondary routes are moderate to severe.

Road Condition Definitions
Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor – Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution

The following counties are included in the Fredericksburg District: Fredericksburg Area (Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George); Caroline County Area (Caroline, Essex, King William);Northern Neck (Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster); andMiddle Peninsula (King and Queen, Mathews, Gloucester, Middlesex)

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