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Jan. 21, 2010



WINTRY MIX COULD MEAN ICY ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Road conditions will vary depending on temperatures

SALEM – With a wintry mix of precipitation falling and colder temperatures forecast in southwestern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation warns drivers of potentially icy road conditions for the afternoon and evening of Thursday, Jan. 21 and in the morning hours of Friday, Jan. 22.

Road conditions are expected to vary around the region because a difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will impact how much ice or sleet could accumulate on roads. 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.   

This afternoon, minor road conditions are reported at locations in the New River Valley, which means roads are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  Icy road conditions are also being reported in the higher elevations throughout the region.     

VDOT and its contractors are monitoring roads and to treat icing with a mixture of chemicals and abrasives.   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.

Updated road conditions are available at www.511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.

 

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