6 o’clock report: County offices closed Monday, refreeze overnight

County offices closed Monday

From Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy: The Governor having announced that state government offices will be closed tomorrow to limit road traffic and facilitate recovery, Rappahannock will follow suit. This includes the Amissville Refuse and Recycling Facility.

All offices plan to resume normal schedule on Tuesday.

State Police update: Overnight refreeze = a dangerous conditions into Monday morning

From Virginia State Police PR Director Corinne Geller:

The good news: The sun & folks staying off the highways helped VDOT crews with treating and clearing roads across the Commonwealth today.

The bad news: Everything that did melt today is going to refreeze overnight and make for very dangerous travel conditions tonight and into Monday morning.

The roads may appear passable but looks can be deceiving and the Virginia State Police are still encouraging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. In many places, snow is piled up several feet high alongside the interstates and highway ramps. That snow is melting and pooling in travel lanes and will turn into ice overnight. Therefore, VSP advises those who are having to travel overnight or early Monday morning to use extreme caution. Black ice will be a serious threat and drivers are advised to keep their speeds down, buckle up, and remain alert to slick spots on the road.

Duration of Storm: Since Friday (Jan. 22) through 3 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 24), Virginia State Police responded to a total 7,236 calls for service…to include 1,464 traffic crashes and another 2,214 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth:

  • The Hampton Roads region has experienced the most traffic crashes with state troopers responding to 549 crashes in our Chesapeake Division.
  • Whereas the Metro-Richmond and Northern Virginia regions have had the most disabled, stuck vehicles. State Police Richmond Division responded to 611 disabled vehicles; VSP Fairfax Division responded to 601 disabled vehicles.

As of 5:15 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 24), Virginia State Police are on the scene of 12 crashes and 15 disabled vehicles.

For the latest in road conditions and road closures, please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org and not 911 or #77.

If you DO travel today…please take the following safety precautions:

  • Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.
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