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Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 6, 2017
OVERNIGHT SNOW WILL LEAVE ROADS SLICK ON SATURDAY
Black ice likely due to subfreezing temperatures, VDOT advises drivers against travel
CULPEPER — Snow is forecast to resume overnight across Central Virginia, and the snow coupled with sub-freezing temperatures are likely to leave roadways slick on Saturday morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising motorists to delay non-essential travel until the storm is over.
At this hour most roadways in the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are clear. One exception is Route 151 in southwestern Albemarle County, which is in minor condition with icy patches between the Nelson County line and Route 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike).
This winter storm is forecast to be more severe to the south and east of the Culpeper District, so anyone planning to travel overnight or on Saturday should check the road conditions along their travel route.
VDOT plow operators and contractors will be on duty overnight to remove snow as it begins to accumulate. Working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, VDOT plow operators and contractors will treat roads with salt and sand once precipitation begins to aid melting and improve traction.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing through the weekend in Central Virginia so any moisture on the roads is likely to freeze, particularly on low-volume secondary roads and at night. Motorists should anticipate encountering black ice on those secondary roads as well as at intersections, on turn lanes and ramps as well as bridge decks.
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 webpage, Winter Travel Info.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, 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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