Slow down!

Driving in snow in Rappahannock, 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2015.Courtesy photo
Driving in snow in Rappahannock, 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2015.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District is reporting slippery conditions on I-66 and other primary and secondary highways in Fauquier County and Rappahannock counties this morning.

Road observers in Rappahannock — or at least one early-morning veteran — said the roads were passable but “people are going way too fast for conditions.” Police reported numerous fender-benders and unexpected vehicle road departures but no serious injuries as of 7:30 a.m. “People get complacent going straight and then it comes time to stop or slow down and it’s the ‘Oh S***’ Syndrome,” said the driver.

VDOT staff reported for duty at midnight to begin monitoring conditions. On Monday, VDOT crews applied brine to I-66 and U.S. 17 in Fauquier, U.S. 522 in Rappahannock County, I-64 on Afton Mountain in Albemarle County and the U.S. 29 corridor from Madison to Fauquier. Salt brine is used as an anti-icing treatment to prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice.

Shenandoah National Park this morning reported Skyline Drive was closed due to snow and ice.

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