December 5, 2005
When you combine the snow with freezing temperatures-- you can expect the roads to be slick. On Rt. 29 North, the roads are mostly black pavement, but there are some strips of ice and snow. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is calling the conditions minor to moderate.
Crews have been plowing and salting parts of Albemarle county all day.
"Some of the lower volume primaries like Rt 20 for example, we have found some snow in some places like the creeks and the bottoms where it's a little bit colder so our crews are still out plowing where needed and spreading abrasives and salt to help melt the snow," said Lou Hatter of VDOT.
The primary roads and interstates are of first concern and then the secondary roads.
"On 64 going East it was worse than it was here. I mean actually the snow was heavier from Williamsburg on up," said Jim Cannon who made the drive Monday.
Another driver said there was some ice in Earlysville.
"It's not too bad, it's just a little icy, it's just going to get worse overnight," said Jeff Laffond.
That's what VDOT hopes to prevent.
"We'll move to the secondary roads through the night, plowing and again applying the abrasives and salt where we need them," said Hatter.
There have been several weather related accidents, mostly from sliding off the road. Just remember to keep your speed down, allow extra time and more room for braking.