VDOT News - Culpeper
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Dec. 17, 2020
COLD TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE REFREEZE OVERNIGHT
VDOT advises motorists to delay travel until temperatures rise above freezing
CULPEPER — Crews in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will remain on duty overnight Wednesday to continue treating roads as a winter storm dumped a mixed bag of precipitation along the Route 29 corridor.
Mostly snow has fallen in the northwest portion of the district (Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties) and in areas of higher elevation while Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties received a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.
As of 4 p.m., road conditions vary widely by location. Motorists are encouraged to use VDOT’s free 511 tools to check road conditions.
As the storm moves out the area, temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing overnight Wednesday. Any moisture left on the road will likely refreeze. Downed trees and utility lines are also a concern due to the amount of accumulated ice.
Motorists are encouraged to delay travel until temperatures rise above freezing Thursday morning. Drivers who must travel late Wednesday and early Thursday may encounter patches of ice on the road surface. Motorists should plan extra travel time and drive for the conditions by reducing speed.
As road conditions on the interstates and primary routes improve, crews will transition to working on secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
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 on the district’s snow information webpage.
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