Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Nov. 25, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED TO IMPACT THANKSGIVING TRAVEL IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Drivers urged to monitor weather forecasts and watch out for changing conditions
SALEM – With winter weather anticipated to impact portions of southwestern Virginia in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 26, through the morning of Thursday, Nov. 27, 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.
Starting Wednesday night, VDOT snow plow operators and contractors will begin monitoring road conditions in many areas to treat or plow roads as necessary. Drivers should watch for icy spots or slick roads, particularly in the higher elevations, in the New River Valley and Hillsville area, and in the counties along the West Virginia border.
If temperatures drop below freezing, wintry participation could create slick roads and conditions could change rapidly. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, curves, shaded areas, cooler spots and elevated surfaces that may become slick or snow-covered before other areas.
Crews will not be pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm because the weather event is expected to start out as rain before transitioning to snow. With rain forecasted ahead of frozen precipitation, the brine would wash off roads and not be effective.
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.
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