Icy, slick roads this morning

by | Jan 16, 2024 | Traffic

VDOT crews made progress overnight plowing roads and opening travel lanes in areas of the Fredericksburg District most affected by snowfall.

 Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area are in minor condition. Travel lanes are open and visible, with isolated patches of snow or slush along shoulders and in turn lanes.

VDOT’s Kelly Hannon says icy and slick road surfaces remain possible this morning. A winter weather advisory remains in place through late Tuesday morning for the Fredericksburg area and western areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Snow is expected to taper off, but freezing rain is possible along the I-95 corridor, and freezing rain is forecast for portions of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

 Hannon says VDOT crews treated roads overnight, and continue to treat roads this morning with sand and salt to improve traction and reduce icing, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze first. But travel lanes that appear clear may have a glaze of ice this morning due to freezing rain.

 Motorists should continue to avoid travel in areas affected by the storm. Delay travel until the storm ends and road conditions improve.

 Before starting a trip, view road conditions on 511Virginia for your entire route, as conditions may vary between regions.

 Fredericksburg Area

 Major routes in the Fredericksburg area are in minor condition this morning. Low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets (routes numbered 600 and above) in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties are in moderate condition, and many are covered in snow. Secondary roads in Caroline County are in minor condition.

 Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula

 Roads in the Northern Neck are clear, and roads on the eastern end of the Middle Peninsula are clear. In Essex, King and Queen and King William counties, roads are in minor condition, with visible travel lanes and patches of snow.

 Travelers in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula may confront another driving hazard this morning, dense fog. Visibility this morning may be limited at times to a quarter-mile or less. If driving in affected areas, plan to use low-beam headlights and add following distance between vehicles.

 VDOT crews remain mobilized in emergency response and will continue to plow and treat roads 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are safe for travel.


 Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected or visit 511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

 Customer Service Center

 For questions or to report hazardous road conditions, contact VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov or calling 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623). 


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