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Fredericksburg District: Prepared to adjust holiday week plans to avoid travel during potentially bad weather

Travelers are advised that hazardous road conditions may develop later this week in the Fredericksburg area along the Interstate 95 corridor and in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and to prepare now to adjust holiday departure and arrival plans to avoid driving during inclement weather.

Early Thursday morning, there is a potential for a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain in Stafford and King George counties during the morning commute.

Then, heavy rain is forecast to fall throughout the day Thursday. On Friday afternoon, temperatures are expected to quickly fall below freezing and remain below freezing over the weekend through Monday, Dec. 26. Any remaining wet pavement or water ponded on roads from Thursday’s rain may flash freeze when this temperature drop occurs, creating icy, slick patches.

High winds Friday may also bring a risk of downed trees and debris. High wind advisory postings are possible for major river bridges in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and service on the Merry Point Ferry and Sunnybank Ferry may be suspended.

Travelers should check 511Virginia.org or use the 511Virginia mobile app to view road conditions along your entire route before starting a trip.

VDOT crews have staff, materials and equipment staged and ready to mobilize in emergency response if needed to address icy roads, flooding or debris during the holiday week. Towing crews will be staged at intervals along the interstate to assist with incident clearance.

Additional VDOT Information Sources

VDOT’s Customer Service Center

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or online at my.vdot.virginia.gov.

511Virginia

Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org.

Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 when they are not operating a motor vehicle or while using a hands-free device. Do not use a handheld cell phone or mobile device while driving (it’s the law).

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