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Roads update: Downed power lines reported

Pine trees are down all over Sumerduck in southern Fauquier county. On Silver Hill Road, a branch has pulled down the power line. (Cathy Dyson/The Free Lance-Star)

Here’s a quick update on the winter weather’s impact on area roads.

There are reports of downed trees and power lines in Stafford, Fauquier and Louisa, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (click here for the latest updates or here for VDOT’s 511 page).

Currently a section of Courthouse Road in Stafford is closed because of a downed power line.

There were reports late this morning of icy patches on some area roads, including Culpeper, Fauquier and Louisa.

Otherwise, the winter weather seemed to have relatively minor impact on traffic in the area, including the Monday morning commute.

Still, the wintry mix kept Virginia State Police busy.

According to preliminary state police statistics for Sunday, between noon and 7:30 p.m., troopers handled 544 crashes statewide. In the Fredericksburg region, they worked 282 crashes. There were no fatal crashes during the period, according to the information provided by state police.

Troopers responded to more than 1,200 calls during the nearly eight-hour stretch on Sunday.

The weather didn’t appear to cause too many issues for commuters.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that major roads in the Fredericksburg area were clear early Monday morning.

Three Fredericksburg Virginia Railway Express trains were delayed—up to 20 minutes—because of felled trees in the Lorton area.

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