Monticello Avenue reopens in James City County following black ice conditions

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

James City County Police have reopened Monticello Avenue between John Tyler Highway and Centerville Road Tuesday morning after black ice had caused hazardous road conditions, as they advise drivers to continue to use extreme caution due to icy conditions throughout the county.

Despite warmer temperatures Monday, it wasn’t enough to clear packed snow off of residential neighborhood roads, and there is still black ice on roads in the Williamsburg area where snow and ice had previously melted.

Temperatures reached 46 degrees at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport, according to the National Weather Service. They dropped into the upper 30s for much of the overnight hours until about 5 a.m., when temperatures began falling, reaching 30 degrees just before 8 a.m. It was 34 degrees as of 8:35 a.m.

James City County reported on its official social media that it had received reports that rain and low temperatures had resulted in icy roads and driveways, and cautioned residents to take their time in heading out Tuesday morning.

VDOT is also reporting snow and ice on multiple routes in James City and York counties Tuesday morning.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office reported eight accidents between 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Shelley Ward.

Williamsburg Police reported no accidents in the city, according to spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office said on its official Twitter feed that it had responded to multiple accidents in the past several hours Tuesday morning.

Public schools in the York and Williamsburg-James City County school divisons remained closed for the fourth day following the snow that left seven inches, cold weather and now black ice in its wake. New Kent County schools had been on a two-hour delay this morning but decided to close Tuesday morning after temperatures caused roads to re-freeze.

Williamsburg Christian Academy delayed its opening by two hours again Tuesday morning after noting “extremely icy roads,” on its official Twitter feed.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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