Release from Virginia Department of Transportation:
CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting many roads across Central Virginia are snow-covered and slippery this morning.
VDOT crews have been working all night, concentrating their efforts on the interstate and primary highways while the heavy, wet snow continues to fall.
Interstate 64 in Albemarle County is mostly snow-covered, while farther east in Louisa County it is wet with patches of snow and slush. I-66 in Fauquier County is also reported in minor condition with patches of snow and slush.
Most primary highways are in minor to moderate condition. The roads in the western area of the Piedmont near the Blue Ridge Mountains where the snow has been heavier are generally reporting moderate conditions with the surface mostly covered with snow and slush. Farther east the main highways are in minor condition.
In Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties the primary highways are reported in minor condition, with patches of snow and ice on the road surface. In Albemarle, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties primary highways are in moderate condition, with most of the road surface snow-covered.
Culpeper, Greene and Louisa counties are also reporting minor condition on the secondary roads; Albemarle, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock are reporting moderate conditions on the secondary roads in those counties.
VDOT crews across the Culpeper District worked through the night plowing the interstates and primary highways. They will move onto the secondary roads and into neighborhoods to clear those roads once all interstates and primary highways are clear. Day crews will report to work at 8 a.m. and continue snow removal operations through the day.
Drivers are strongly advised to drive with caution today, particularly this morning while snow continues to fall across the region and temperatures remain near freezing. Drivers should reduce speed and allow extra time for travel. Stay alert for slick conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze first.
Conditions may change through the day since the snow is forecast to change to sleet or freezing rain in some areas, so drivers should be aware of weather and road conditions before they travel.
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