|IMMEDIATE - 7:30 p.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Jan. 9, 2017
DRIVERS CAUTIONED ABOUT BLACK ICE DANGER
Near-zero temps will refreeze any moisture on roads, expect hazardous conditions overnight
CULPEPER — Driving will remain hazardous overnight due to near-zero temperatures and black ice on roads across Piedmont Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise against non-essential travel, but those who must drive should expect to encounter black ice on major highways and hard packed snow and ice on most secondary roads.
In VDOT’s Culpeper District, Interstate 64 and I-66 as well as all primary highways are clear. Most secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties are in moderate conditions with large areas of the roads covered with hard-packed snow and ice. Conditions in Culpeper, Fauquier Madison and Orange are somewhat better but there arepatches of packed snow and ice on most roads. Secondary roads in Rappahannock County are reported clear this evening.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will continue working overnight, focusing on the region’s secondary roads and responding to any reports of frozen conditions on major highways. VDOT will ensure that roads are passable but the surfaces may not be clear to bare pavement until temperatures rise above freezing.
If travel is necessary, drivers should observe the following precautions:
- Check local weather and road conditions before leaving.
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Do not pass a snowplow or other snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary.
Tune in to local news media for weather information and use 511 Virginia for real-time road conditions. Details about VDOT’s winter-weather preparation and response can be found on VDOT’s web page, Winter Travel Info.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia web site, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp.
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