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VDOT Preparing Roads for Weekend Wintry Mix

From the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). File photo of a VDOT snow plow in downtown Fredericksburg copyright Fredericksburg.Today.

VDOT crews will begin anti-icing operations on I-95 northbound and southbound from the Prince William County line to Exit 118/Thornburg in Spotsylvania County on Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2017, ahead of the wintry mix predicted for the weekend.

Motorists should expect delays and are urged to stay alert in this slow-moving mobile operation.

Trucks applying salt brine travel at approximately 35 miles-per-hour.

Virginia State Police will accompany the anti-icing equipment to assist with traffic control on the interstate.

Anti-icing helps to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which can reduce the risk of hazardous travel conditions.

The brining operation is expected to be complete prior to the evening rush hour.

Late Friday night, VDOT crews will mobilize to stage equipment and prepare for the onset of the winter storm.

A mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain is expected to begin late Friday night and continue through the day on Saturday.

Editor’s Note: Rain, snow, and sleet are likely after 1 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. Freezing rain and sleet are likely before 1 p.m. Saturday, with little or no accumulation expected .

Motorists are encouraged to check the forecast and 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area.

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