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Jason Bond 540-387-5493
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SAL 118-7

Dec. 30, 2009



WINTRY MIX COULD MEAN ICY ROADS FOR SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

SALEM – With freezing rain in the forecast for southwestern Virginia for the overnight hours on Wednesday, Dec. 30 and in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 31, motorists are strongly encouraged to consider adjusting their travel plans around the potentially icy weather.  Drivers should consider postponing their trips until temperatures rise, and the wintry mix changes over to rain. A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice accumulates on roadways or not.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is gearing up operations for the overnight hours on Wednesday and heading into the day on Thursday morning.  If ice starts to form on road surfaces, crews will spread a mixture of sand and salt.  The sand increases traction, and the salt helps melt the frozen precipitation and prevents it from bonding to the road surface.

During a freezing rain event, drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.    

Before travelling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.



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