Crews Continue to Clear Roads, Monitor Conditions in Virginia
Virginia State Police have so far responded to 380 calls for disabled/stuck vehicles and traffic crashes across the commonwealth. Please be careful on the roads.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The wintry weather is causing hazardous conditions on roadways across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation are advising people to delay travel until the storm clears.
Crews have been working around the clock to make sure roads are passable.
The snow that started during the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 20, appears to have transitioned to rain and sleeting in some areas.
In the Culpeper District - which includes Albemarle County - roads are wet with minor conditions ranging from isolated patches of snow to slushy roads. At the height of this storm, VDOT had more than 300 trucks out throughout the district.
The slowdown in snow has allowed VDOT to clear Interstate 64, some primary roads, and start work on secondary and neighborhood streets.
Officials say they are concerned about the chance of freezing rain and sleet later Wednesday evening, so they will continue to monitor conditions and have crews on standby.
02/20/2019 Updated Release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:
STAUNTON – (11 a.m.) Snow and sleet are creating slick driving conditions throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands, including interstates and primary roads. As of mid-day Wednesday, the region has received 2 to 6 inches of snow.
The winter storm is expected to transition to freezing rain this afternoon and evening. Freezing rain can create a dangerous glaze of ice on roadways, so motorists should avoid non-emergency travel.
Crews and contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to plow and treat roads on rotating 12-hour shifts. About 900 pieces of snow-removal equipment are being deployed in the 11-county VDOT Staunton District.
Here are the road conditions as of 11 a.m. Wednesday:
- Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
- Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
- Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
- Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Highland, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Bath, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
- Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
For winter weather road conditions go to http://www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.
The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).
VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
02/20/2019 Release from Virginia State Police:
The Virginia State Police has 380 reasons for Virginians to delay their travel plans for Wednesday (Feb. 20) - as that's how many disabled/stuck vehicles and traffic crashes state troopers across the commonwealth have responded to since midnight.
From midnight to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, VSP responded to 171 traffic crashes and 143 disabled vehicles. Fortunately the majority of those crashes have only involved damage to vehicles and few injuries. State police have not worked any fatal crashes.
As of 8:45 a.m., Virginia State Police troopers are currently responding to another 48 crashes and 18 disabled vehicles:
Active Crashes as of 8:45 a.m. Wednesday:
- Richmond Division - 9 traffic crashes
- Culpeper Division - 11 traffic crashes
- Appomattox Division - 4 traffic crashes
- Wytheville Division - 3 traffic crashes
- Chesapeake Division - 5 traffic crashes
- Salem Division - 9 traffic crashes
- Fairfax Division - 11 traffic crashes
If you must travel:
- Clear ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle before you travel
- Use your headlights
- Drive for conditions - slow your speed
- Buckle Up
- Avoid distractions - put down the phone
Know before you go - check road conditions before heading out at www.511virginia.org or download the VDOT 511 app.