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Heavy rains closing several roads in area
Heavy rainstorms flood roads in Fauquier, Culpeper and Orange counties. Strong winds lead to restrictions on the Harry Nice Bridge

Date published: 2/1/2013


The heavy rainstorms that hit the region late Wednesday and early Thursday caused flooding on roads in several area counties. There also were wind restrictions put in place at the Harry Nice Bridge in King George Thursday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation listed 14 roads each in Culpeper and Fauquier as impassable on Thursday. There were eight roads reported flooded in Orange.

All three counties got at least 2 inches of rain in the line of showers that preceded a cold front that was moving toward the area, according to the National Weather Service.

There was little impact on roads in the immediate Fredericksburg area, as most of the heavy rain hit to the west and north. River Road in Stafford had standing water as of Thursday afternoon.

Strong winds also blew throughout the region and led to restrictions on the Nice Bridge, which spans the Potomac River in King George County. Certain vehicles--"house trailers, empty box trailers and any vehicle that law enforcement personnel determines may not safely cross the bridge"--were prohibited from using the U.S. 301 bridge, according to VDOT.

Wind gusts were expected to reach nearly 40 mph Thursday in King George, according to the National Weather Service, which called for it to be windy again throughout today.

The weather service also reported chances of snow Thursday night and this morning.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com