Heavy snow causes interstate closures, crashes

Crashes, hazardous road conditions in winter storm

Virginia State Police are investigating a head-on crash involving a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff on Ladysmith Road. At 5 a.m. Saturday, a pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck the deputy’s marked vehicle. The deputy has been transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. Crash remains under investigation. Courtesy: Virginia State Police

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A winter storm that brought widespread precipitation to the region, caused hazardous conditions on area roadways — and several accidents as a result.

The storm brought a heavy wintry mix and snow across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 7.

VDOT says crews continued to plow interstate lanes, shoulders, ramps and primary roads over the weekend. If you need to be on the highways while VDOT crews are working, please use extreme caution and do not crowd the plows.

VDOT said it was aiming to have all roads passable within 48 hours.

Local services impacted by winter storm

Virginia State Police reported that troopers responded to 3,928 calls for service statewide between 12 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. That included 772 traffic crashes and 1,234 disabled vehicles.

The Hampton Roads division dealt with 162 crashes and 520 disabled vehicles.

Police investigated a head-on crash involving a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff that happened around 5 a.m. Saturday

Photo courtesy: Virginia State Police
Photo courtesy: Virginia State Police

A  deputy suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Heavy snow and wintry conditions caused numerous closures and issues on local roadways during the weekend.

The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel reduced speed limits of 25 mph and the James River Bridge has been reduced to 45 mph Saturday. The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry was running at reduced capacity, with only one ferry making trips.

HAMPTON

Interstate 664 North to the Interstate 64 West flyover ramp in Hampton was closed for a couple hours Saturday morning, but reopened around 8 a.m. Officials are advising residents to stay home and off of the roadways.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued warnings and notices of icy conditions along highways, including Interstate 64 at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

The Hampton Police Division says it responded to multiple accidents and disabled vehicles on Saturday.

NEWPORT NEWS

Newport News police noted Saturday morning that the Oyster Point overpass between Warwick & Jefferson and Denbigh Boulevard overpass were briefly shutdown shut down in both directions due to snow. Police later said on Twitter that the 39th Street Bridge is still closed. Police warned that driving conditions throughout the city are extremely dangerous.

SUFFOLK

Suffolk road crews applied 288 tons of salt and 629 tons of abrasive to area roads, as of 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Residents are asked to move their parked cars from the roadways if possible, to make room for snow plows.

VIRGINIA BEACH 

Virginia Beach officials announced on Twitter Saturday morning that both sides of the Lesner Bridge were closed due to icy conditions. It reopened at noon.

The flyover ramp from I-64 eastbound to I-264 eastbound is currently closed because of icy conditions.

The flyover ramp from I-64 East to I-264 East is closed due to ice.
The flyover ramp from I-64 East to I-264 East is closed due to ice.

Virginia State Police and AAA issued a list of tips for motorists who do have to drive during the storm.

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