VDOT News - Culpeper



Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890

CULP 2020-002

Jan. 7, 2020

Slick roads expected by mid-day as fast-moving winter storm crosses Virginia

CULPEPER —The Virginia Department of Transportation is prepared for snow today and urges drivers to do the same. Precipitation is forecast to begin mid-morning and continue through the afternoon before ending. Although roads should be clear during the morning commute, by mid-day drivers may find slick conditions during the storm.

On Monday, crews in VDOT’s Culpeper District applied brine to Interstate 66 and I-64. VDOT crews prepared their equipment yesterday and are mobilizing this morning.

VDOT is urging residents and travelers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and road condition reports today since conditions may vary greatly within a relatively short distance. Higher snow accumulations are forecast near the Blue Ridge Mountains and to the west in the Shenandoah Valley. During the storm drivers should reduce speed, increase following distance and use VDOT’s free 511 tools to find out about road conditions along the route.

Snowplows spread a mix of sand and salt to improve traction and help melt the precipitation as it falls. Once snow accumulates to about two inches, the plows will begin pushing the slushy mix off the roadways. VDOT crews will work around the clock to clear roads, beginning with interstates and primary highways, then shifting to secondary roads and neighborhoods once the main roads are passable.

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.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.


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