Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 19, 2009
SNOW CONTINUES FALLING ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Motorists are advised to not travel unless absolutely necessary
SALEM – Heavy snow has fallen overnight across southwestern Virginia with significant accumulations. Snowfall is expected to continue throughout the day.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s crews and contractors have spent the overnight hours plowing and treating interstates and primary roads (those number 599 and below) throughout the region.
Despite these efforts these major roads remain in moderate to severe conditions because snow continues to fall and cover roads again. Moderate conditions mean there is no bare pavement and snow and ice remain accumulated on these roadways.
In the Salem District, Interstate 77, 81 and 581 remain covered in snow. Sections of I-81 in Montgomery County are blocked, and traffic is currently being detoured off southbound I-81 at exit 132 (Dixie Caverns) on Route 11/460 and back onto I-81 at exit 118 (Blacksburg).
Numerous disabled vehicles and accidents have been reported throughout the night. Currently, a portion of Route 58 in Carroll County is closed due to a tractor-trailer accident.
During a winter weather event, VDOT continues to focus on the major routes until the snow has stopped falling, and these roads have been plowed and treated. Therefore, as of 6 a.m., those secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets have not been plowed, as crews have been working on major roads all night.
Today, VDOT snow plow operators will remain mobilized in 12-hour shifts.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
For the latest road conditions and incident reports, dial 511 or visit the Web site at www.511Virginia.org.
VDOT advises motorists not to travel today and to call 911 to report emergencies.
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