Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 25, 2014
LIGHT SNOW MAY AFFECT ROADS AGAIN EARLY WEDNESDAY
Motorists should expect some slippery spots on Central Virginia highways
CULPEPER — Another fast-moving winter storm is forecast to sweep across Central Virginia early Wednesday morning and motorists should anticipate some slippery conditions on the region’s highways. While no significant accumulation is expected the snow, coupled with air and pavement temperatures near freezing, will likely cause some slick spots on area roads.
Motorists who are planning to travel early Wednesday morning should check the weather and road conditions before they leave and allow extra time for their trip. Slick conditions are most likely on secondary roads, roads at higher elevations, the mountain crossings and on ramps, bridges and overpasses.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will be on duty overnight to treat roadways once the snow begins. They will treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and speed the melting process. Crews will focus their efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and move to secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above, as conditions warrant.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website 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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