Jen Ward 540-387-5238
March 5, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS ON ROADWAYS DURING EVENING COMMUTE
Roads are snow-covered and icy as temperatures drop
SALEM – (3:30 p.m.) With snow beginning to taper off in some areas of the district, contractors and crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation in western Virginia are actively plowing the interstate and primary roads. At this time, most roads throughout our region are being reported as moderate to snow-covered meaning that snow and ice are present on roadways.
Snowplow operators will continue to pass over the interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) while the precipitation continues. Once the precipitation stops and these roads are clear, they will proceed to secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets. The interstates and primary roads are VDOT’s first priority for snow removal during a weather event.
As temperatures continue to drop throughout the afternoon and evening, road conditions will become worse as snow-covered, slushy and wet roads freeze. Drivers are encouraged to avoid any unnecessary travel this afternoon and overnight.
Motorists can get real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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