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Main roads mostly clear in winter’s first snow storm

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Main area roads are mostly clear, aside from snowy or slushy patches, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Interstate 95 is basically clear, but the pavement is wet. Traffic might not be an issue, though, as many federal workers don’t have to go up north today.

Other primary roads are in pretty good shape, too.

“Primary roads in the Fredericksburg area such as Route 1, Route 3, Route 2, Route 17, and Route 208 are in minor condition, with isolated areas of pavement covered in snow or slush,” VDOT’s Kelly Hannon said earlier Thursday morning in a release. Most secondary roads are considered to be in “minor” condition by VDOT.

Clarabelle and Heidi wait at their gate while their owner sweeps the sidewalk in front of her house on Monument Ave. in Fredericksburg. The city got about two inches of snow overnight. (Suzanne Rossi / The Free Lance-Star)

King George and Westmoreland primary roads, however, are reportedly covered with snow with conditions considered moderate. Roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa and Orange counties are reported to be in minor condition.

Crews continue to treat area roads with salt and sand, as well as ice treatment where needed.

VDOT reports that the Fredericksburg area got between an inch and 2.5 inches of snow. The area could get another 1 to 2 inches of snow on Friday, according to the forecast.

Samuel Driscoll, 9, tries to snowboard on his sled down a hill at Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg on Thursday morning. The city schools were closed due to the snow.

(Suzanne Rossi / The Free Lance-Star)

While roads seem to be in decent shape, still use caution while driving.

“Motorists are urged to use caution while driving this morning,” said Hannon, “especially on ramps, bridges and overpasses, where pavement temperatures are lower, and freezing conditions may exist.”

VRE Trains Running

While the snow hasn’t stopped Virginia Railway Express trains from making their runs today, there was a problem with one Fredericksburg train that caused some delays.

Train 302 had a mechanical failure between Fredericksburg and Leeland Road and had to be coupled with train 304, which pushed the broken down train to D.C.

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