Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 13, 2014
ICY CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT
Motorists should avoid nonessential travel due to wintry mix and changing road conditions
FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists are encouraged to delay nonessential travel this afternoon and evening as a wintry mix moves into portions of the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, leading to potentially hazardous road conditions.
Roads that had been cleared by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews earlier today may become covered again in ice, slush and snow. Any moisture remaining on a road’s surface is also likely to freeze overnight.
Road conditions may change rapidly. For motorists who must drive, check 511Virginia before starting a trip by calling 511 or going to 511virginia.org.
Currently, Interstate 95 is clear. Many primary roads in the Fredericksburg area have bare pavement in the travel lanes with isolated areas of snow and slush, especially in turn lanes, along shoulders, and in intersections. VDOT crews continue to work to completely clear these lanes along major travel routes.
Crews have made an initial pass through some subdivisions this afternoon in the Fredericksburg area to open neighborhood entrances and main roads. Substantial subdivision clearing is not expected until the overnight hours and Friday.
Primary roads in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are clear with isolated areas of snow or slush, although conditions are expected to change as precipitation falls.
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 crews will work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end.
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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