RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and its contractors will continue to work around the clock to treat and clear state-maintained routes of snow, ice and debris for the duration of this storm. VDOT's goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the winter storm ends.
As of 5 p.m., most interstates and primary roads are clear or in minor condition. Tonight and tomorrow morning, drivers are cautioned to be alert to refreezing as roads that are wet may become icy as temperatures drop. Drivers are advised to delay or limit travel overnight through early Thursday, if possible, due to the potential for black ice.
Commuters should monitor forecasts and check road conditions before heading out. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org before you travel for the latest road and traffic conditions. Citizens are reminded that they can report downed trees or other maintenance issues by calling VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
VDOT encourages travelers to observe the following precautions:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Snow ended mid-afternoon for most of the Shenandoah Valley. Roads are rapidly clearing but motorists should still be aware of icy spots and refreezing conditions tonight. High winds have caused downed trees and power lines in Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan and Charles City counties.
Interstate 95 and primary roads are clear to minor in the Fredericksburg area, however, primaries are starting to turn moderate in Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties on the Middle Peninsula as weather moves into the area. Several secondary roads have been closed in the Fredericksburg District this afternoon due to downed trees, with a brief Route 1 closure in Spotsylvania County due to downed power lines.