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Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Jan. 6, 2017
SNOW WILL MAKE FOR SLICK ROADS INTO SATURDAY
Avoid travel for safety, to allow VDOT crews room to work
CULPEPER — Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be on duty this afternoon and into Saturday to respond to up to 3 inches of snow forecast for central Virginia.
Working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, VDOT operators will treat roads with abrasives to improve traction and aid melting, and will begin to plow snow once it accumulates to about 2 inches. Crews will first focus on the interstates and primary highways, then shift to secondary routes, which are numbered 600 and above.
Snow showers are expected to begin in the early afternoon in some locations, including Afton Mountain, but most impacts will occur overnight. Below-freezing temperatures will create the potential for even slicker driving conditions.
VDOT advises against driving on snow-covered, icy roads. 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 spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
Tune in to local 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 at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.