Wet, Snow-covered Roads Create Driving Hazards

January 26, 2011

Snow continues to fall across Central Virginia but road conditions range from wet to snow-covered depending on the location.

Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain is snow-covered and dense fog is reported. Similar conditions are reported on I-66 in western Fauquier County near Manassas Gap.

I-64 east of Afton Mountain is in minor condition, mostly wet with patches of slush.

I-66 in Fauquier County is reported in moderate condition with snow and slush covering most of the road.

The Blue Ridge Mountain crossings: Route 250 in western Albemarle County, Route 33 across Swift Run Gap in Greene County, Route 211 at Sperryville and Route 522 at Chester Gap in Rappahannock County are reporting heavy snow and foggy conditions that make driving extremely hazardous.

Major roads in the Charlottesville area, including Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna counties, are mostly wet with patches of snow and slush. Further north, from Madison County through Fauquier County the major highways are snow-covered with heavy snow still falling. Secondary roads across Central Virginia are reported snow-covered and slippery.

Between 9am and 5pm Wednesday, Virginia State Police statewide have responded to and investigated 55 personal injury crashes, 519 property damage crashes and responded to 195 disabled vehicles. Dispatchers have received statewide 1681 calls for service.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation and contractors are focusing their snow-removal efforts first on the interstate and primary highways, then shifting to the secondary road system (roads numbered 600 and above).

VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Motorists should be aware that road conditions across much of Virginia are likely to worsen through the evening as heavy snow continues to fall. Residents are urged to postpone non-essential travel on Wednesday evening and to check current road conditions before driving. Winter storm conditions are expected to continue overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel web site.

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