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Thanksgiving drivers urged to delay travel plans in parts of Virginia

Posted at 12:32 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 12:41:11-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Wet and rain-slicked roads greeted Thanksgiving travelers in Central Virginia Wednesday. Snow and icy conditions created travel problems farther north and west.

"There are more cars than I had expected," Scott Remmy, who is driving his family to Vermont,  said. "It has not been too bad in terms of traffic. It's just been wet. So that has slowed us down a little bit."

More than 1 million Virginians were expected to travel this Thanksgiving. A majority of those travelers, 90 percent according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, will drive.

"Snow and mixed precipitation across portions of Virginia have already impacted roadways on the Interstate 81 corridor, Interstate 64 in Augusta County and Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia," the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) advised. VDOT urged drivers to postpone travel in the western and central Virginia until the weather improves.   Click here to see current traffic conditions around Richmond.

"Current road conditions are minor (isolated spots of snow, ice or slush) to moderate (snow or ice on major portions of the roadway) in areas in and around Bristol, Salem, Staunton and Culpeper," VDOT said. "VDOT crews were deployed overnight and began treating roads as accumulation appeared. Crews will continue treating icy areas and plow snow as long as conditions exist."

VDOT suggested visiting www.511virginia.org or using VDOT's 511 mobile app for updates on the roads.