Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 17, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 10 p.m.

BRISTOL— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues efforts to clear routes in southwestern Virginia.  

Be alert to the following conditions:

-  Interstate 81 in Wythe County and the I-77 corridor in Virginia is snow-covered and extremely hazardous.  Multiple incidents have traffic stopped or slowed in many areas.  Postpone unnecessary travel in this area.

- Interstate 81 in Washington and Smyth counties has snow and ice patches.

-  Roads in Grayson, Wythe and Smyth counties are snow-covered and hazardous with many instances of drifting snow, making snow chains a necessity for travel, if travel cannot be postponed.

-  Primary routes in Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, Scott, Dickenson, Wise and Bland counties are snow-covered and extremely slick.  Secondary routes are extremely hazardous and snow chains are needed in these areas.

-  The majority of primary and secondary roads in Washington County are snow-covered and slick.

- Snow and ice patches are reported on the majority of primary roads in Lee County.  Secondary routes are snow-covered and slick.


Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic. 


Get the latest road conditions at or by downloading the 511 mobile app.

View the entire list of roads closed due to the storm, sortable by county, at

Report downed trees and hazardous road conditions to 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).



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