19 February 2012
Major highways across Central Virginia are reported to have varying amounts of snow cover, ranging from mostly snow-covered in the Charlottesville area to patches north toward Madison County and merely wet from Culpeper County north, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Primary highways in Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa counties are reported in minor to moderate condition with some snow and slush accumulating on the roads. Secondary roads in those counties are mostly snow-covered.
Secondary roads in the southern part of the district are reported in moderate condition with most of the road surfaces snow-covered and slick. Motorists are urged to expect slick road conditions overnight in areas that have gotten snow since temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing later this evening.
Interstate 64 from Afton Mountain east through Louisa County is reported mostly wet with patches of snow and slush. Primary highways in Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa counties are reported in minor to moderate condition with some snow and slush accumulating on the roads. Secondary roads in those counties are mostly snow-covered
Primary highways in Greene and Orange counties are mostly clear with some patches of snow. Secondary roads in both counties are also in minor condition.
Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is reported clear, as are primary and secondary highways in Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison and Culpeper counties.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District will work all night to treat the roads with sand and salt to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. If sufficient accumulations of snow fall the crews will begin plowing. VDOT’s crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and will move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.
During the early morning hours drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions. Source: VDOT