|IMMEDIATE - 12:30 p.m.
Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 15, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: ROAD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS SNOW CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON
Travel not advisable this afternoon and into the evening hours
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation cautions motorists that road conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon when snow changes to freezing rain on already snow-covered roads.
Freezing rain and ice will create an additional challenge for road crews who will be treating icy roads with chemicals to help melt ice and abrasives to provide traction. VDOT is also readying tree removal contractor crews in the event of downed trees.
Snow plow operators and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working all day to plow and treat interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599).
These major roads are the first priority in any winter weather event as snow continues to fall. Crews are making repeated passes over these routes as they are being covered with additional precipitation.
Low-volume secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets remain covered in significant snow and ice and have not been plowed yet.
VDOT crews are continuing to work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads.
For the latest road conditions, motorists can dial 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
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