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CULP 2014-022

Jan. 23, 2014

Most highways are clear but icy patches remain on many secondary roads

CULPEPER — Interstate and primary highways and some secondary roads in Central Virginia are clear and dry today, but many of the region’s secondary roads still sport patches of ice and hard-packed snow from Tuesday’s storm. Temperatures have remained below freezing since and although bright sun has melted some of the snow, areas shaded from that daytime heating are still snow-covered and slick.

Motorists who venture out Thursday night and early Friday morning should drive with caution and anticipate encountering patches of frozen snow as well as other areas where water that melted during the day has refrozen on the surface. Black ice is particularly dangerous because the glaze of ice can look like dry, bare pavement. Drivers should be aware that they are likely to encounter slick conditions on those roads for the next few days until temperatures rise above freezing.

VDOT’s crews continue to treat those frozen surfaces with sand and salt to improve traction and help melt the ice. Unpaved roads pose a particular challenge since salt cannot be used there. On those roads VDOT spreads abrasives to provide traction on the packed snow surface.

Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website,, 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

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Page last modified: Jan. 23, 2014