RICHMOND, Va. -- The snow finally tapered off around 11 p.m. and shut off completely overnight.
Skies will clear from west to east overnight with temperatures dropping into the teens and lower 20s by daybreak. Sunday will be mostly sunny and not as windy. Highs will break above freezing, reaching the mid to upper 30s. It will be very cold Sunday night with lows in the teens.
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Update: Snow/Ice Conditions: on multiple routes in Powhatan Co. Potential Delays.10:00PM
— 511 Central Virginia (@511centralva) January 24, 2016
I-64 WB has been reopened to traffic on Afton Mtn. Conditions are still snow-covered. We repeat: not a good idea to be traveling tonight.
— VDOT Culpeper (@VaDOTCULP) January 24, 2016
From Henrico County Division of Fire:
“Henrico County Public Safety urges everyone to stay at home tonight. Even with the storm easing up, the roads remain in bad condition. As of 4:00 PM this afternoon Henrico Police have been called out for 161 traffic accidents and 144 disable vehicle calls. Over the past hour our units are getting a large increase in the number of calls for service for vehicles stuck and abandoned. Snow plows are having difficulty getting the roads cleared with vehicles in the way. Please assist us by staying at home for one more night to allow crews time to clear the roads.”
From the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office:
“Due to the inclement weather that Hanover County is currently experiencing, road conditions are hazardous and numerous traffic crashes have occurred throughout the County. As a result, travel on the roadways is not recommended at this time. The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is responding to all stranded motorist, disabled vehicles and motor vehicle accidents and transporting those motorist to the closest safe destination. The Sheriff’s Office is experiencing difficulty in getting vehicles towed at this time. We urge all citizens to please stay off of the roads for the remainder of today and Sunday.”
VDOT urging drivers to stay off the roads as crews plow during ‘epic’ snowstorm
The following is from a VDOT news release:
“Heavy snow has increased in intensity this afternoon and is pounding the northern half of Virginia, making for extremely treacherous road conditions. The storm has impacted all regions of the state where up to three feet is expected in Northern Virginia alone before snow should taper off at midnight tonight.
About 9,500 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and contract crews using 13,000 pieces of equipment (trucks, plows and spreaders), continue around-the-clock operations to plow and treat roads.
They are making continuous passes on major roads, interstates and primary roads, to keep them passable. With snow falling at a rapid rate, snow accumulates quickly on the roads between plow passes.
What’s good to know now:
· Motorists are urged to stay off roads through the rest of today, tonight and tomorrow so crews can plow more quickly and get the roads in better shape. Tonight, visibility will be an issue with high winds and drifting snow.
· Even when the snow stops and the weather is expected to clear tomorrow, snow removal will be very extensive through the week.
· Interstate and primary roads are mostly in moderate condition (heavy snow pack), with the worst conditions from Richmond to Northern Virginia.
· Secondary roads and subdivision streets are in moderate to severe condition (heavy snow covered and could be partially blocked).
· If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1 and VDOT will work in coordination with emergency responders to get them the help they need.
· During the height of the storm, crews are focused on plowing interstate and primary roads. Once the snow stops and the major roads are in better condition, then crews can focus more on secondary and subdivision streets. Crews are expected to make at least one pass on these roads early next week. Crews have been able to make some passes on many secondary roads this weekend. Even when subdivision streets are plowed, they will be snow and ice covered until the weather gets warm enough to help break up the snow and ice.
Richmond Issues Advisory to Motorist and Pedestrians:
“Recent National Weather Service forecast is for the amount of snowfall in the City to increase to a rate of an inch an hour for the next several hours. Due to the increased snowfall and steady winds, visibility in the area is rapidly diminishing. The City strongly encourages residents to remain at home and limit driving only to when it is deemed absolutely necessary.
Pedestrians are asked to only enter city streets if crossing the street. City streets should not be used as a walkway or play area. Due to the low visibility, motorist may not see a person walking in the street until it is too late.
Motorists are reminded that parking is not currently allowed in designated Snow Emergency Routes. The public may follow the progress of City snow plows by viewing the City’s Snow Plow Tracker.”
Governor McAuliffe just had a press conference, which we will post here in a few minutes. He essentially said that it is costing $2-$3 million an hour to clear roads. There is a budget for this, that’s over 200 million. He said the state will do whatever it takes to clear the roads.
“Our roads are empty and I want to thank everybody for that,”
Gov. McAuliffe said. “Tomorrow there is a chance that the sun could possibility come
out. We are begging folk not to come out.”
“Please allow us with our 13,000 pieces of equipment, to get
out there Sunday and Monday, to do our job and clear roads.”