Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 31, 2009
SNOW AND ICE COVER ROADS THROUGHOUT SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Conditions expected to improve throughout the day as temperatures rise and roads are treated
SALEM – A wintry mix of precipitation has fallen overnight causing snow and ice to accumulate on some roads throughout southwestern Virginia. One to two inches of snow or sleet is reported in some areas. Snow plow operators and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation began working last night to plow and treat roads. However, at this time most of their efforts have been on the interstates and primary roads as precipitation has just ended in most areas.
Drivers will find the interstates in the Roanoke Valley (I-81 and I-581) in minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. The primary roads (those numbered 1-599) range from moderate (slushy) to minor condition depending on location.
Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) in many areas such as Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke counties are covered in snow and ice at this time.
Crews with VDOT will continue working throughout the day to plow and treat roads. Drivers are encouraged to delay trips if at all possible until road conditions improve.
Before travelling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
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