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CULP 2017-048

March 13, 2017

VDOT prepped for forecast snowfall, freezing rain overnight in central Va.

CULPEPER — A late-winter storm is expected to arrive in central Virginia during the evening commute, bringing freezing rain and several inches of snow overnight Monday. Motorists are advised to get home early today and prepare to telework and otherwise adjust travel plans to avoid very slick road conditions tonight and during the day Tuesday.

Some parts of the region may see significant periods of sleet and freezing rain, which will make any driving extremely hazardous. In other areas, particularly the northern and western counties along the Blue Ridge Mountains, heavy snow and high winds may bring down trees and overhead power lines.

On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Transportation pretreated high-volume roads with brine to help prevent ice formation. Crews will come on duty this afternoon to begin snow-removal operations and will work around the clock in 12-hour shifts until all roads are cleared. In addition to snow plows VDOT also has chainsaw crews ready to respond and clear fallen trees and other debris from roadways.

VDOT first focuses its efforts on treating and plowing interstates and primary highways, then will shift to work on secondary routes, numbered 600 and above, with a goal of making all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.



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