VDOT Advises Drivers to Avoid Traveling in Central Va.

March 3, 2014

An early mix of rain, sleet, and freezing rain, changed over to snow around sunrise for Central Virginia on Monday.

Virginia State Police troopers have responded to more than 800 traffic crashes across the state between 12:00 a.m. Monday (March 3) and 3:00 p.m. In addition, troopers have responded to 316 disabled vehicles. Since midnight, state police dispatch centers have fielded close to 2,000 total calls for service. The majority of crashes involve damage to vehicles and no injuries.

Va. State Police has responded to one confirmed weather-related fatal traffic crash in Amelia County.

Shortly before 11:00 a.m. today, the driver of a 1997 GMC Sonoma lost control on Route 614 / Dennisville Road, near Route 680 / Maxey Lane, in Amelia Co. Officials say the pick-up truck ran truck off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment. The impact cased the vehicle to overturn onto the passenger side and strike a tree. The 30 year-old male driver, who was not wearing his safety belt, died at the scene. Speed and weather conditions are considered factors in the on-going crash investigation.

As of 3:25 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police have 85 active, pending traffic crashes.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are asking drivers to avoid traveling on roadways as a layer of sleet and freezing rain underneath the snow was expected to be problematic.

VDOT crews in the nine-county Culpeper District have been on duty since Sunday evening to monitor conditions and treat roads with salt and sand for improved traction. Officials say crews will continue around the clock, working in 12-hour shifts until all roads are passable.

Snowfall was heavy at times before noon today, but will taper off and end by mid-afternoon.

Total snow accumulations are expected to reach 5-9 inches for most in the Albemarle County area.

Temperatures will fall throughout the day and into the teens by sunset.

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