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Jan. 23, 2015

Drivers should monitor road conditions and use caution on Friday and Saturday

SALEM – With winter weather forecasted to impact portions of southwestern Virginia starting today, Friday, Jan. 23, and into Saturday, Jan. 24, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advising motorists to expect possible slick or icy road conditions.  
A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice or snow accumulates on roadways or not.  Wintry precipitation could create slick roads and conditions could change rapidly.

VDOT crews and contractors will begin monitoring conditions on Friday and will continue overnight into Saturday to treat or plow roads as necessary.

Drivers should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, curves, shaded areas, higher elevations, cooler spots and elevated surfaces that may become slick or snow-covered before other areas.  

Travelers are reminded that they 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 website and phone system, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

Salem District crews will not be pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm because the weather event is expected to start out as rain before transitioning to freezing rain or snow.  With rain forecasted ahead of frozen precipitation, the brine would wash off roads and not be effective.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.

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