UPDATE, 7:30 a.m.: The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising motorists to delay unnecessary travel Tuesday morning because of slick road conditions brought on by a continuing winter storm.
VDOT issues a release saying its crews treated roads with sand and salt overnight, but even though road surfaces appear clear, a transparent layer of black ice is possible due to refreezing overnight.
Interstate 95 southbound had to be closed prior to the Rappahannock River Bridge due to a multiple-vehicle accident this morning, authorities said. Traffic is being detoured to U.S. 1 at Centreport Parkway.
“If travel is absolutely necessary, motorists should plan to use extreme caution this morning,” the release said.
The winter storm that hit the Fredericksburg area over the weekend continued with another batch of windy, wintry weather that was expected to last into Tuesday.
The winter weather and cold temperatures could make driving risky. The Virginia Department of Transportation encouraged drivers to avoid hitting the road overnight Monday and early Tuesday.
Between three and five inches of snow accumulated in the Fredericksburg area over the weekend, topped with rain and freezing rain as temperatures edged just above the freezing mark. The winter storm led to school and county office closures as well as hundreds of crashes and stranded vehicles.