March 3, 2014
Layers of snow and ice made roads in Central Virginia less than easy to navigate on Monday. Despite a day's worth of plowing, salting and clearing, several areas remained slick into the night.
By 10 p.m. Monday night, interstates and major primary highways were clear of snow, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Now, snow-removal efforts have shifted focus to lower-volume primary roads and the secondary system. Crews will continue to plow those priority roads, but much of the packed snow and ice will remain.
Salt will not melt the ice Monday night because of the below-freezing temperatures, so crews will use sand to improve traction.
Once temperatures warm up on Tuesday, VDOT will use salt to loosen the ice so it can be plowed off the roads.
The slippery conditions led to hundreds of crashes across the Commonwealth on Monday.
Virginia State Police responded to 800 crashes. One man died in Amelia County after he lost control of his pickup truck and slid off the road.
There were 25 crashes in the Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVa. area Monday. Two of them involved minor injuries.
VDOT is trying to get all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the storm's end.