CULPEPER — Central Virginia is beginning to see the impacts of today's winter storm, with road conditions varying from clear to snow-covered. Up to eight inches of snow is forecast to fall through the late evening hours, and motorists are advised to avoid travel.
As of noon, roads in Rappahannock County are snow-covered, as is Route 33 (Spotswood Trail) in Greene County. Other primary and secondary highways in Greene are in minor condition, with slick spots and patches of snow. Secondary roads in Fauquier County are also in minor condition.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are on duty to plow and treat roads with salt and sand. Crews first focus their snow and ice control efforts on the interstates and primary highways, then shift resources to the secondary road system as conditions allow. VDOT's goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
The dry snow combined with windy conditions may make blowing and drifting snow a problem even after roads are plowed. Any unnecessary travel should be avoided or delayed until after the storm passes. Bitter cold, sub-freezing temperatures are forecast to continue for several days after the storm so motorists should be aware that icy conditions are possible even after roads are plowed.
Motorists should check VDOT's 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT's 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.