Jen Ward 540-387-5238

SAL 131

Feb. 15, 2015

High winds, drifting snow, icy roadways, downed trees, and extreme temperatures present throughout the region

SALEM – Many roads remain icy in southwest Virginia this morning. Crews have been plowing and treating roads, removing downed trees from roadways and monitoring snow drifts due to high winds overnight.

In the Virginia Department of Transportations’ Salem District, Interstates 77, 81 and 581 as well as primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in mild to moderate condition. High winds continue to be present throughout the district. Drivers should watch for snow drifts and isolated slick spots due to ice, especially on bridges and overpasses and in higher elevations.

Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are in mild to moderate condition with some roads being snow/ice covered. Motorists should expect slick roadways and watch for downed trees due to high winds and gusts throughout the region.

Roads in Pulaski, Carroll and Henry Counties are in moderate condition with ice on roadways and high winds present resulting in downed trees on roadways in addition to icy conditions.

Today, operators will continue to plow and treat roads as necessary on the Interstate and Primary roads. Once these roads are clear and weather has improved, crews will move on to secondary roads.

Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible, but if drivers must go out they are advised to do the following:
• Check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or logging in to
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass snow removal equipment

Traffic and road condition information can be obtained by dialing 511 or visiting

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

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Page last modified: Feb. 15, 2015