Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 25, 2013
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVING ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Interstates, primary highways clear of snow, VDOT crews plowing secondary system
CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that most major highways in Central Virginia are clear of snow, although primary roads in Culpeper and Fauquier counties still have patches of snow and slush on the road surface. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County and I-64 in Albemarle and Louisa are clear and wet.
VDOT crews are plowing secondary roads this morning and will continue until all roads are passable. Many secondary roads are snow-covered and will likely still have patches of snow and slush remaining after they are plowed. The most significant accumulations are in the northern Culpeper District, with moderate conditions reported on secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties. In Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Rappahannock counties the secondary roads in are in minor condition, with patches of snow and slush on the surface.
The precipitation is forecast to continue through Monday evening and possibly into Tuesday morning so motorists should expect road conditions to change. The snow may change to freezing rain in some areas this afternoon, and more snow is expected this evening. As the temperature falls moisture may refreeze tonight and early Tuesday. Drivers should also be alert for slick spots on highway overpasses, bridges and ramps, which often freeze before the road surfaces.
The winter storm is also affecting travel in other parts of Virginia this morning. Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The web site is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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