Virginia State Police Winter Storm Update January 23

by | Jan 23, 2016 | Traffic

By Corinne N. Geller, Public Relations Director, Virginia State Police. Photo of I-81 in Warren County, Va., on Saturday night, Jan. 23, 2016.

Work continues for state police as temperatures drop and blowing, drifting snow continues to cause white-out conditions in various regions across the Commonwealth.

Virginians are still advised to remain indoors and off the roads as outdoor conditions are extreme and dangerous.

We continue to ask for residents’ patience, especially Sunday morning as roads will still be slick and treacherous.

For the entire duration of this storm system — from midnight Friday (Jan. 22) through 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 23) — Virginia State Police have fielded 5,673 total calls for service, to include 1,324 total traffic crashes and 1,683 total disabled vehicles statewide.

The VSP Chesapeake Division has responded to the most traffic crashes during the entire storm — 499.

The VSP Fairfax Division has responded to the most disabled/stuck vehicles — 428.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
From 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, there were 292 traffic crashes and 804 disabled vehicles
Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
Traffic Crashes=44
Disabled vehicles=213

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
Traffic Crashes=19
Disabled Vehicles=108

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
Traffic Crashes=26
Disabled Vehicles=74
Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain in Albemarle County remains closed in both directions with traffic being diverted…due to extreme blowing and drifting snow across the interstate.

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
Traffic Crashes=11
Disabled Vehicles=30

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
Traffic Crashes=160
Disabled Vehicles=68
State police responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia Beach Saturday morning, but this has not been declared weather-related and the cause is still under investigation.

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)
Traffic Crashes=17
Disabled Vehicles=51

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)
Traffic Crashes=15
Disabled Vehicles=260
Interstate 66 eastbound is closed at Exit 69 due to a tractor-trailer crash. No injuries.

For road conditions and closures, Virginians are still encouraged to call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org and not 911 or #77. Emergency phone lines need to remain open for emergencies only.

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