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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 3, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: HEAVY SNOW TO AFFECT TRAVEL IN NORTHERN NECK, MIDDLE PENINSULA
Lighter snow is forecast for the I-95 corridor and Fredericksburg area; Nearly 500 trucks ready to plow roads and apply sand and salt beginning this afternoon
FREDERICKSBURG – Snow is forecast to affect portions of the Fredericksburg District beginning Wednesday afternoon, and motorists should plan to stay off roads during the storm, and are urged to remain off the roads while roads are snow-covered.
Heavy snow is forecast to fall along the eastern edge of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, which could receive up to 10 inches of snow. Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour could lead to drifting snow and poor visibility.
Moderate snowfall of several inches is forecast for the central Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Lighter snow is forecast for the I-95 corridor and Fredericksburg area, where trace snowfall to an inch of snow is anticipated to fall starting around midnight and ending early Thursday morning.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractor crews will work overnight and continue working in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, until all roads are safe for travel.
Around 500 trucks are ready to plow and treat state-maintained roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District once the storm begins.
Residual pre-treatment materials exist on Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads from recent storms. However, even with advance treatment, road surfaces will be slick once precipitation arrives.
Extremely low temperatures will cause any moisture to freeze on the pavement. VDOT crews will treat roads as needed to reduce icing and improve traction, but motorists should be prepared for potentially hazardous conditions.
What Residents Should Know
Drivers should stay off the roads for the duration of the storm, and remain off snow-covered or icy roads.
VDOT crews will apply sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction. Crews will begin plowing once 2 inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface.
VDOT crews focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic first. Interstate 95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic and connect with critical public safety and emergency services are leading priorities for snow removal. Once conditions improve on these roads, crews focus next on subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary roads.
Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in the Fredericksburg District. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.
Users will see one of 3 status updates for their residential area: Not started (red), in progress (yellow), or plowed (green).
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
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 (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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