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Feb. 5, 2010



SLICK ROADS MAY IMPACT TRAVEL
Drivers should delay travel if possible

SALEM – 4 a.m.Drivers may find slick spots and icy conditions on many roads in southwest Virginia Friday morning.  VDOT is urging drivers to delay travel if possible. As of 4 a.m. on Friday, snow and sleet is falling in most areas of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District, and crews are working to treat area roads.  

Interstate 581 and 81 and 77 are in minor condition.  

In Montgomery and Pulaski County primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are in moderate condition.

In Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig and Franklin counties primary and secondary roads are in minor condition.  

In Carroll, Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Bedford and Giles counties primary roads are in minor condition and secondary roads are in moderate condition.

As snow and sleet continue to fall throughout the day on Friday conditions are likely to change rapidly.  Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if they must travel.  A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will impact how much snow or sleet will accumulate on roads. Motorists are advised to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses or in shady spots, as ice may form more quickly in these areas.

Motorists are strongly advised to consider adjusting their travel plans around the winter weather by delaying travel until temperatures rise.  

The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.  VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.

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Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.  
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  

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