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VDOT Crews Work to Clear Snow, Ice

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Snow and ice still cover most roads, sidewalks in Charlottesville Snow and ice still cover most roads, sidewalks in Charlottesville

A drop in temperatures overnight means drivers are still facing icy road conditions Tuesday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says salt simply does not work when the temperature dips below 20 degrees - and that means roads and sidewalks are still very slippery.

VDOT crews have been working around the clock to plow and treat roads across central Virginia.

Most interstates and highways are clear, but drivers on primary and secondary roads may encounter patches of snow and ice. Drivers should watch out for black ice and slush that refroze overnight and should take it slow and be careful.

In the city of Charlottesville, people are still digging out. Property owners have to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ends. That means you have until four o'clock this afternoon, or you could be fined for not clearing your walkways.

If you are unable to do it yourself and need help, you can call the city to request a volunteer to help.

Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

CULPEPER — While snow has been plowed from most roads in Central Virginia, motorists are advised that driving conditions are still slick due to packed snow and overnight refreezing of slush.

Primary highways in the Culpeper District range in condition from clear to minor, with some icy spots. Secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above, are mostly snow- and ice-covered. Interstate 64 and I-66 remain clear.

Today crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will plow the remaining secondary highways and, with the help of sunshine and salt, work to remove the packed snow and ice. Crews will also apply brine to some primary roads and higher-volume secondaries to aid the melting process.

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

Motorists should continue to be vigilant when traveling, since conditions are slick. Allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination, reduce speed and increase following distance.

How you can help

  • Postpone non-essential travel until roads are in plowed and in good condition.
  • If you must travel check weather and road conditions before you leave, including along the route and at your destination. Allow plenty of time for the trip. Drive for conditions: slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles.
  • Clear all your vehicle’s windows and remove snow from the roof and other surfaces. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including a shovel, sand or other abrasive, a blanket and a flashlight. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into the driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.

This winter storm has affected most of Virginia. Road conditions in different parts of the state may vary greatly and VDOT recommends that anyone considering travel check the conditions along their route and at their destination and plan their trip accordingly. VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, 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.

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