Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Jan. 26, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: RAIN COULD CHANGE TO SLEET OR SNOW AND CREATE SLICK ROADS IF TEMPERATURES DROP
SALEM – With precipitation moving into southwestern Virginia overnight, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advising drivers to be alert to the possibility of slick or icy road conditions.
VDOT crews will be monitoring conditions particularly in the higher elevations and along the western mountain slopes. The event is expected to be mostly rain, but a difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice or snow accumulates on roadways or not.
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.
VDOT crews have been working in 12-hour shifts since Thursday plowing and treating roads from the previous storm.
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 www.511Virginia.org website and phone system, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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