Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 6, 2017
HEAVY SNOW TO AFFECT EVENING, WEEKEND TRAVEL IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
VDOT has 750 trucks ready to plow roads and apply sand and salt; Motorists should plan to stay off the roads during the storm
FREDERICKSBURG – Snow is forecast to affect the entire Fredericksburg District beginning Friday evening, and motorists should plan to stay off roads during the storm, and are urged to remain off the roads while roads are snow-covered.
Heavy snow is forecast for the eastern Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, which could receive 6-9 inches of snow.
Lighter snow is forecast for the Fredericksburg area, where 1-3 inches of snow is forecast to fall.
Motorists can check real-time road conditions at 511Virginia for any area in the state.
More than 750 trucks are ready to plow and treat state-maintained roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District once the storm begins. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will work overnight and through the weekend in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, until all roads are safe for travel.
Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads have been pre-treated with an anti-icing solution, which prevents ice and snow from bonding to the pavement. However, even with advance treatment, road surfaces will be slick once precipitation arrives.
Below-freezing temperatures will cause any remaining moisture to re-freeze overnight for several days. VDOT crews will re-treat roads as needed to reduce icing and improve traction, but motorists should be prepared for hazardous conditions.
What Residents Should Know
- Drivers should stay off the roads for the duration of the storm, and remain off snow-covered or icy roads.
- VDOT crews will apply sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction. Crews will begin plowing once 2 inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface.
- VDOT crews focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic first. Interstate 95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic and connect with critical public safety and emergency services are leading priorities for snow removal. Once conditions improve on these roads, crews focus next on subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary roads.
Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in the Fredericksburg District. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.
Due to the variable amount of snow expected to fall across the Fredericksburg District, equipment levels may vary. If fewer than 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area, and snow plowing is not underway in neighborhoods, then the snow plowing status will be based on primary roads.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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