Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 2, 2010
WINTRY MIX AND COLD TEMPERATURES COULD MEAN ICY ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Interstates and major roads are in minor condition; secondary roads may see more accumulation
SALEM – With a wintry mix of precipitation falling and colder overnight temperatures in southwestern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation warns drivers of potentially icy road conditions this afternoon and overnight.
Even though snow has been falling throughout the day, only minor road conditions are reported on interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) as falling snow has been melting on these major roads. Minor condition means that roads are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
This afternoon drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. If temperatures fall below freezing overnight, moisture on the roadways will freeze and create slick and icy road conditions.
Drivers should not expect bare pavement on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), subdivision streets or neighborhood routes. Even though a snowplow will have pushed these roads and they will be passable, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow will remain on most of these roadways. Snow plows are not able to scrape frozen packed down snow off these roads once cold temperatures have bonded it to the roadway.
Additional snow may accumulate this afternoon on secondary roads, particularly in higher elevations where it is cooler. Drivers are advised to use caution in cooler areas.
Updated road conditions are available at www.511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.
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