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Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 5, 2017
SALEM DISTRICT: SNOW SHOWERS COULD MEAN SLICK ROADS THIS EVENING
Watch for snow-covered roads particularly in higher elevations and cooler spots
SALEM – With possible winter weather anticipated to impact portions of western Virginia on Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning drivers to expect possible snow-covered roads this evening and into the overnight hours.
Areas with colder temperatures may see slick roads first as snow showers pass through the region, particularly in the higher elevations, in the New River Valley and Hillsville area, and in the counties along the West Virginia border.
On Thursday, VDOT crews will be pre-treating major roads and interstates with brine ahead of this storm and in anticipation of addition winter weather that may impact travel on Friday night into Saturday morning.
VDOT snow plow operators and contractors will be monitoring road conditions and working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to treat roads.
Drivers are reminded that as long as snow continues to fall, snowplow operators will be making passes over the interstates, primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and high-volume secondary routes and will not proceed to low-volume secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets until the winter weather has stopped and the major roads have been treated. The primary roads are VDOT’s top priority for snow removal during a weather event.
Travelers 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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