VDOT, 4:30 p.m.: Snow-covered roads, hazardous driving

All roads across central Virginia are snow covered and driving is hazardous this afternoon. The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise against non-essential travel. Drivers who must be on the roads should slow down and leave plenty of distance between themselves and other vehicles. Motorists are also cautioned to stay well clear of snowplows and other equipment working on snow removal.

All roads in the region, including Interstate 64, I-66 and major primary highways, are covered with a mix of snow and slush that creates difficult driving conditions. Numerous crashes and disabled vehicles have added traffic congestion to the situation, hampering access for snowplows and tow trucks.

Snowfall is beginning to taper off and should end in the late afternoon or early evening. VDOT and VDOT crews will continue snow-removal operations on the interstate and primary highways to ensure those roads are in good condition. Once those roads are open to traffic the crews will shift onto secondary roads and neighborhood streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Temperatures are forecast to fall well below freezing Thursday night, leading to slick, icy road conditions overnight and during the day on Friday. Freezing conditions are particularly likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas, as well as roads at higher elevations where the temperatures are colder.

Motorists planning long trips overnight and on Friday should know conditions along the route and the forecast weather at their destination. This storm is affecting a large swath of the East Coast and many areas are reporting severe winter weather and hazardous driving conditions.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

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