Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 15, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: AVOID TRAVEL AS FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT ROADS TONIGHT
SALEM – A break in the precipitation this afternoon helped snow plow drivers make some progress on the interstate and primary roads (those numbered 600 and above). However, all of the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are still covered with a layer of slush or icy glaze and are considered in moderate condition. Interstate 81, I-581 and Interstate 77 from I-81 to the North Carolina state line are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
With more freezing rain forecasted for the evening and into the overnight hours, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel as road conditions could worsen tonight as additional precipitation passes through the region. Crews will continue working on the interstates and primary roads tonight and monitoring conditions on these major routes as long as freezing rain continues.
Additional freezing rain may impact previously plowed main roads and add to the accumulated snow and ice on secondary roads (those numbered 600 above). Secondary roads and neighborhood streets remain snow covered with significant amounts of ice and snow.
Once frozen precipitation stops and conditions improve on the interstate and primary roads, snow plow operators can begin plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above). Forecasted warmer temperatures are expected to help improve road conditions tomorrow.
For the latest road conditions, go to www.511Virginia.org and visit the map for major roads and the “Text Views” tab for the latest information on secondary roads. To report road hazards or ask questions about road issues, call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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