Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 26, 2012
SALEM DISTRICT: LOWER TEMPERATURES COULD MEAN SLICK ROADS OVERNIGHT ROADS OVERNIGHT
SALEM - Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working throughout this winter weather event to plow and treat roads in the 12-county Salem District. A wintry a mix of rain, snow, ice and sleet has created slick roads, particularly in the higher elevations and in cooler areas, and high winds have downed trees.
If driving is necessary tonight and into the early morning hours on Thursday, motorists should be extremely cautious as falling temperatures may refreeze moisture and create slick road conditions. Drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded spots.
Crews with VDOT and its contractors will continue to monitor conditions overnight, to plow and treat roads as needed and to respond to downed trees. Equipment operators are plowing roads with accumulated snow or sleet and treating icy roads with salt and/or abrasives.
As of 4:30 p.m., Interstate 81 in the Roanoke and New River valleys, I-581 and I-77 in the Hillsville are in minor condition, which means they are mostly wet with isolated slick spots of slush or ice. Most primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in minor condition, which means they are wet with isolated spots of slush and ice.
For VDOT's Salem District, the most significant precipitation accumulations were in northern Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, and Giles counties and the higher elevations of Patrick and Roanoke counties. Many secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) in these counties are in moderate condition, which means they are snow covered and slick. Other secondary roads throughout the Salem District are in minor condition, so drivers should watch for isolated slick spots.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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