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IMMEDIATE - 11 p.m. UPDATE

Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
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CULP 2017-049

March 14, 2017



AVOID OVERNIGHT TRAVEL IN CENTRAL VA.
Roads clear at this hour but conditions will deteriorate as temps fall, snow accumulates

CULPEPER — Snow and sleet is falling across central Virginia at this hour and is expected to continue overnight. All roads in the nine counties of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are reported clear, but driving will become dangerous later tonight as snow accumulates and temperatures fall below freezing.

VDOT recommends that residents avoid travel tonight and tomorrow morning and, if travel cannot be postponed, check 511 Virginia for the latest information on road conditions along their route.

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.

VDOT crews are on duty and will work all night to plow snow as it accumulates. The crews 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 snow-removal 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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