VDOT focusing secondary roads today

Paul Zdepski works on clearing his neighbor's driveway along Dickerson Lane in Strasburg on Jan. 24. Rich Cooley/Daily

Interstate 81 and 66 are in good shape, with black pavement showing following a blizzard that dumped 18 to 36 inches on them over the weekend.

Today, Virginia Department of Transportation truck have been dispatched to plow and widen secondary roads in the region.

“VDOT’s goal is to make at least one pass with a snow plow on every state-maintained road within 48 hours after the end of a winter storm,” states an 11 a.m. Monday VDOT news release.

Highway crashes

Corinne Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, notes in a news release this morning that roads are still treacherous in places.

“Keep in mind … it’s only been a day since this record storm was pounding the Commonwealth causing white-out conditions and snow drifts waist high … so there is still a large amount of snow covering piled up alongside the roads – and may be obscuring road signs, forcing pedestrians to walk in the roadway, and keeping roadways wet as it melts. Do be cautious and alert IF you have to travel today,” Geller states in the release.

As of 7 a.m. today, state police have responded to 8,412 service calls, which include 1,562 traffic crashes and 2,503 disabled vehicles across Virginia.

Weather-related deaths in Virginia

The number of weather-related deaths is now at six:

  • One traffic fatality in Chesapeake on Friday
  • Four hypothermia-related deaths:  one in Hampton on Friday, one in Wise County on Saturday, one in Charles City county on Saturday, one in Charles City County on Saturday, one in Gloucester County on Saturday and one in Henry County on Saturday.

Weather forecast

Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and a low of around 29 tonight.

There is a chance of showers after 1 p.m Tuesday with a high near 46, and a chance of rain and snow showers before 11 a.m.  Low will be around 32.

It will be partly cloudy on Wednesday, with a high of 37 and low around 13 that night.

Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high of 36 and low that night around 22.

Another sunny day on Friday, with a high of 40 and low that night of 24.