Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 25, 2013
SNOWFALL HAS BEGUN IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Moderate road conditions are reported on primary roads in Middle Peninsula, with minor conditions on primary roads in Northern Neck
FREDERICKSBURG – Several primary roads are in minor to moderate condition this afternoon along portions of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Road conditions remain clear in the Fredericksburg area, although snow is beginning to fall in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and hired personnel are circulating to apply sand, salt and an abrasive mix to area roads. Crews will continue to work in 12-hour shifts until all roads are clear for travel, using 320 pieces of available equipment.
Approximately 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast to fall in the 14-county Fredericksburg District by midnight, with the heaviest accumulation expected in the east and south.
Motorists planning to travel this evening should proceed with caution, reduce their speed, and allow extra following distance between vehicles. Stay alert for slick road conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, in shaded areas, and on roads with low traffic volumes.
Interstate and primary roads will be cleared and treated first, followed by key secondary roads that link employment centers, hospitals, and public safety facilities. Subdivision streets will be cleared once interstate, primary and key secondary roads are passable.
Motorists can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.
Road conditions may be rated as clear, minor, moderate or severe.
- Clear: No conditions.
- Minor: Bare pavement, except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
- Moderate: Snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway.
- Severe: Significant amount of snow or ice is covering the roadway, and roadway may be partially blocked or affected by drifting snow.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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