The early-spring snowstorm that is still passing through central Virginia and the Piedmont has left 4 to 6 inches of wet snow so far. In Rappahannock County just before 1 p.m. Monday, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was reporting about 460 customers without power.
Schools in the county were already closed for spring break this week — a break itself delayed for two days by a heavy, wet March 6 snow that felled enough trees, limbs and poles to take out more than three quarters of the county’s 4,800-plus electric meters. The Rappahannock County Library is closed, but county government offices are open and staffed as employees can make it in.
Primary and most secondary roads in Rappahannock were passable, though snow and slushy spots dictated they should be passed along at nowhere near posted speeds.
VDOT’s 11 a.m. Monday report follows:
The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that most major highways in Central Virginia are clear of snow, although primary roads in Culpeper and Fauquier counties still have patches of snow and slush on the road surface. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County and I-64 in Albemarle and Louisa are clear and wet.
REC Tuesday update
All Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) line crews, as well as crews from eight other Cooperatives worked around the clock to restore power to the members in the central part of our service territory, which was hit with yet another winter snow storm Sunday evening. This late seasonal storm produced wet, heavy snow. Last night the crews made significant progress. As of 9 a.m., REC is reporting less than 200 outages. Most of these interruptions are scattered throughout the counties of Culpeper and Madison. REC expects members will have their service restored this afternoon. Line crews have worked continuously since the first outages occurred Sunday evening. All main circuits are on. Crews are working to remove trees on the lines and replacing blown fuses in the smaller communities and tap lines serving fewer than ten meters. Because there were so many outage locations, this was a time consuming process.
VDOT crews are plowing secondary roads this morning and will continue until all roads are passable. Many secondary roads are snow-covered and will likely still have patches of snow and slush remaining after they are plowed. The most significant accumulations are in the northern Culpeper District, with moderate conditions reported on secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties. (At about 1 p.m., VDOT reported that U.S. 522 would be closed for at least two hours at Route 20 in Orange County, where a tractor trailer carrying plants overturned and blocked both northbound and southbound traffic on 522.) In Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Rappahannock counties, the secondary roads in are in minor condition, with patches of snow and slush on the surface.
The precipitation is forecast to continue through Monday evening and possibly into Tuesday morning so motorists should expect road conditions to change. The snow may change to freezing rain in some areas this afternoon, and more snow is expected this evening. As the temperature falls moisture may refreeze tonight and early Tuesday. Drivers should also be alert for slick spots on highway overpasses, bridges and ramps, which often freeze before the road surfaces.