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VDOT Responds To Winter Weather Across Region

[ 0 ] March 11, 2018 |

DRIVE CAREFULLY OVERNIGHT MONDAY AND EARLY TUESDAY (4:15 PM – 3.12.18)

Expect potential refreeze, check 511 Virginia for road conditions

 

CULPEPER — Winter weather is expected to move out of the Central Virginia region Monday evening but the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District cautions motorists to drive for the conditions as temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

 

As of 4 p.m., roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties are reported to be clear. Motorists may encounter some slushy conditions on Interstate 64 and Route 250 near Afton Mountain and Route 33 across Swift Run Gap in Greene County.

 

Below-freezing temperatures overnight Monday could cause wet surfaces to refreeze. Some VDOT operators will remain on duty overnight in Albemarle County, including I-64, to treat any slick spots with sand and salt to aid melting and improve traction.

 

Drivers planning to travel Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, especially south and west of Charlottesville, should check road conditions using VDOT’s free 511 tools. Motorists are encouraged to plan for extra travel time and reduce speed.

 

Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp and on the district’s snow information webpage.

 

 

ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE FOLLOWING MONDAY SNOW STORM IN SOUTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY (4:08 PM – 3.12.18)

STAUNTON – (4 p.m.) Light snow continues to fall in the southern portion of the Shenandoah Valley in the late afternoon hours of Monday, March 12. A snowstorm that began early this morning is departing the area, leaving the northern part of the Valley untouched with snow and the southern part with several inches on the ground.

Road conditions are generally clear on all interstate and primary roads within the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. Secondary roads range from minor to moderate in Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Alleghany, Bath and Highland counties. Little or no snow fell in the areas north of Harrisonburg.

Crews will be out tonight in Augusta, Rockbridge, Highland, Bath and Alleghany counties. The remainder of the district will have crews on call throughout the night. All VDOT crews will treat roads as conditions warrant.

Motorists should be alert for refreezing conditions and use extreme caution if they travel during the nighttime and early morning hours. Bridges, overpasses and any surface with air underneath it will freeze first. Temperatures are forecasted to be well below freezing tonight throughout the region.

For winter weather road conditions go to http://www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.

On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).

The Staunton District Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.

EFFECTS OF WINTER STORM TO CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY (3:45 PM – 3.12.18)
Motorists should anticipate possible icy conditions

LYNCHBURG – A mixed bag of precipitation –rain, snow, light sleet and a combination of all three – has fallen across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today and its effects will linger into Tuesday.

While snow is expected to end during the evening hours Monday, motorists should anticipate icy conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps through midmorning Tuesday.

Up to several inches of snow have fallen on roadways as of early afternoon and temperatures have been hovering near freezing. Temperatures are expected to rise and most precipitation turn to rain before ending in the early evening.

Motorists may monitor road conditions using VDOT’s free 511 tools. Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response may be found on VDOT’s website at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates will be posted to VDOT’s Lynchburg District Twitter account.

The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

WINTER STORM WILL AFFECT CENTRAL VA. TRAVEL ON MONDAY : 5:30 AM 3.12.18
VDOT advises drivers to monitor local weather; use 511 Virginia for road conditions

CULPEPER — Winter weather has overspread southwest Virginia and precipitation is forecast to begin around daybreak in Central Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District is ready for a storm that will bring a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow to the area through early Monday evening.

VDOT crews are on duty and prepared for the storm. Once snow begins to fall, VDOT operators will treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and aid melting. They will begin plowing if snow accumulates to a depth of about two inches on the road surface. Crews will first focus on interstates and primary highways before shifting to secondary routes.

Since the weather may vary widely by location, drivers are advised to use VDOT’s free 511 tools to know road conditions along their routes and at their destination. Motorists are encouraged to monitor local forecasts and drive for the conditions by reducing speed and increasing following distance.

Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp and on the district’s snow information webpage.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

WINTER WEATHER FORECAST BEGINS TO COME TOGETHER
Motorists should anticipate difficult driving conditions

LYNCHBURG – Rain, snow and a mix of the two will fall across much of the commonwealth beginning today (Sunday, March 11) and throughout tomorrow (Monday, March 12).

In the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), rain is likely late tonight before mixing with snow early tomorrow before changing to all snow and ending Monday evening. However, forecasts should be monitored carefully as slight changes in direction or temperatures can make a difference in outcomes.

Lynchburg District crews will report during the overnight. Plowing, with efforts concentrating on primary routes (those numbered 1-599) will begin once appropriate snow accumulations have occurred.

While snow is expected to end during the evening hours Monday, motorists should anticipate icy conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps through Tuesday midday.

Motorists should get ready as well. First, monitor road conditions using VDOT’s free 511 tools. Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found on VDOT’s website at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates will be posted to VDOT’s Lynchburg District Twitter account.

The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

WINTER WEATHER COMING TO ROADWAYS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (11:30 a.m.) A winter weather system is forecasted to bring rain changing to snow in the Shenandoah Valley. The rain will begin late on Sunday, March 11 and change over to all snow overnight. Heavier snow is forecasted for the southern end of the Staunton District, which covers Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties. Higher elevations are expected to have more snow than the Valley floor but motorists should be prepared for winter weather driving conditions throughout the region.

Because the storm is expected to begin as rain the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District will not pretreat roads for this winter weather event. VDOT will have crews out beginning Sunday night and into the day on Monday. Crews will plow and treat roads as the weather moves into the area.

For this storm drivers should expect:
Higher snow amounts the farther south you drive beginning in the pre-dawn hours of Monday.
Increasing snow amounts and more icing conditions in higher elevations.
Icing conditions on bridges and overpasses.
Refreezing and black ice overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.
Travelers should always buckle their seat belts and drivers should always be alert and use extreme cation.

Travelers are asked to monitor local weather forecasts and to avoid driving if possible during the snow storm.

Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.

Road condition definitions:
Closed – Road is closed to all traffic.
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.

For a text listing of winter weather road conditions go to http://www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.

On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).

The Staunton District Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

VDOT statewide Twitter messages can be found at @VaDOT. The nine districts can be found at:Hampton Roads @VaDOTHR; Richmond @VaDOTRVA; Northern Virginia @VaDOTNOVA; Fredericksburg @VaDOTFred; Culpeper @VaDOTCulp; Lynchburg @VaDOTLynchburg; Bristol @VaDOTBristol; Salem @VaDOTSalem; Staunton @VaDOTStaunton.

VDOT PREPARES FOR LATE-WINTER STORM
Monitor local weather; use 511 Virginia for road conditions

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District is preparing for a late-winter storm that is forecast to bring rain and snow to Central Virginia late Sunday through Monday evening.

Crews are preparing equipment and will report to work at midnight tonight. Once snow begins to fall, VDOT operators will treat roads with sand and salt to improve traction and aid melting. They will begin plowing if snow accumulates to a depth of about two inches on the road surface. Crews will first focus on interstates and primary highways before shifting to secondary routes.

Since the weather may vary widely by location, drivers are advised to use VDOT’s free 511 tools to know road conditions along their routes and at their destination.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor local forecasts and drive for the conditions by reducing speed and increasing following distance.

Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. Local updates are also posted to Twitter.com/VaDOTCulp and on the district’s snow information webpage.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

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