Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have mobilized in emergency response to plow snow and apply sand and salt to roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District, with light snow starting to fall in some locations in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are passable and safe for travel. VDOT has around 1,200 trucks available for snow removal operations in the Fredericksburg District.
Motorists are advised to avoid any non-essential travel this afternoon and evening during the storm. Even with pre-treatment of Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg District, road surfaces may quickly become slick and hazardous. Heavy snowfall forecast to fall this afternoon may severely limit visibility at times, making it hard to see the road ahead.
Limiting travel is recommended for motorist safety. Postponing travel also provides space for VDOT crews to clear and treat roads, and for public safety officials to respond to emergencies.
If you must travel, plan to allow extra travel time, reduce your speed, wear your seat belt, and increase following distance between vehicles. Use additional caution while traveling on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which freeze first due to lower surface temperatures. Road conditions south and west of the Fredericksburg District may be more severe due to additional snow accumulation in these areas.
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