Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890
Feb. 4, 2018
SLICK ROADS LIKELY DURING MORNING WINTER STORM
VDOT urges delay of non-essential travel, extra caution for those who must drive
CULPEPER — Travel in central Virginia is likely to be hazardous this morning due to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that is spreading across the area. The Virginia Department of Transportation suggests delaying non-essential travel until temperatures warm and the precipitation changes to rain.
Pavement temperatures across the region are near freezing so icy patches are likely as the precipitation begins, especially on bridges and overpasses as well as lightly traveled secondary routes and roads at higher elevations near the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the western area of the Piedmont near the mountains snow may accumulate several inches on the roads before changing to freezing rain and finally to rain later today. Freezing rain in other areas may also create hazardous driving conditions.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation reported to work early this morning in anticipation of the start of the storm. Once precipitation begins, they will use salt and sand to help melt the ice and improve traction and will plow if there is sufficient accumulation of snow.
Those who must travel should reduce speed, increase following distance and use VDOT’s free 511 tools before leaving to find out about know road conditions along the route. Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response are at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp.
VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.
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