VDOT Asks Motorists to Put Safety First, Stay off Roads

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CULPEPER, Va. — Travel still treacherous across Central Va. as heavy snow continues to fall

Heavy snow is continuing to fall across Central Virginia this afternoon and the Virginia Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay off the roads as driving conditions are extremely hazardous.

At 5 p.m. Interstate 64, I-66 and the primary highways in VDOT’s Culpeper District are completely covered with snow and snow plows are making repeated passes to remove the accumulating snow and spread salt and sand to increase traction and assist with melting the snow. Most secondary roads have not yet been plowed and are covered with several inches of snow that may make travel difficult, especially for smaller vehicles.

Road conditions are expected to remain hazardous Saturday evening and overnight as the snow continues before turning to sleet, freezing rain and finally rain. VDOT cautions that small-stream flooding may be a hazard on Sunday as the melting snow runs off into nearby creeks.

VDOT Culpeper District crews have been on duty since early this morning to plow and treat roads. The crews will rotate at 8 p.m. and the night shift will continue to work interstates and primary highways until they are in good condition, then shift resources to the secondary road system (routes numbered 600 and above). VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends

VDOT asks motorists to use caution around slow-moving vehicles. Slow down, increase following distance and do not pass snow plows and spreader trucks. Some trucks are working in a group, called a plow train, and passing part of the plow train is particularly dangerous.

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. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.