Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 14, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: WINTER WEATHER COULD CREATE SLICK ROADS AS TEMPERATURES FALL
Crews monitoring road conditions and preparing for downed trees
SALEM – With possible winter weather anticipated to impact portions of southwestern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to monitor weather reports, adjust travel schedules and avoid driving in potentially slick and icy conditions.
Weather forecasts indicate that rain or snow could impact portions of western Virginia. Combined with dropping air and ground temperatures, any precipitation is expected to transition to ice or snow and create slick road conditions.
Roads that start out as wet may freeze up as pavement temperatures drop overnight and into the early morning hours. With windy conditions, drivers should also be alert to possible blowing or drifting snow overnight.
VDOT snow plow operators and contractors are monitoring road conditions in many areas, particularly in the higher elevations, to treat or plow roads as necessary.
Salem District crews do not anticipate pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm because the weather event could start out as rain and temperatures are expected to fall too low to permit brining. Crews will continue to monitor the forecast and will only apply brine should conditions warrant.
With windy conditions forecasted, VDOT is readying tree removal crews in the event of downed trees. To report downed trees blocking state-maintained roads, contact VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623.
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.