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Winter Storm Warning in Effect: VDOT Prepared

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With snowfall in southwest Virginia expected to begin before dawn this morning and continue into the evening, the Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel today until after the storm passes and road conditions improve.

VDOT equipment operators and contractors are mobilized to begin plowing and treating roads as the storm begins.  Crews will work first on the interstate and primary routes (those numbered 1-599) and continue to focus on these routes until conditions improve.  Once the precipitation stops and these major roads are plowed and treated, VDOT begins to work on neighborhood streets and secondary roads, those numbered 600 and above.

Windy conditions and cold temperatures are forecasted for several days after the storm which could create drifting snow and refreezing after roads are plowed.

Up-to-date road condition information is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.

VDOT’s Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Patrick and Roanoke.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 PM EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 PM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...THE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE...NEW RIVER AND ROANOKE VALLEYS TO THE HILL CITY OF LYNCHBURG.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 6 INCHES NORTH OF HWY 460...2 TO 5 INCHES SOUTH.

* TIMING...BEGINNING TUESDAY AROUND MORNING RUSH HOUR...ENDING BY EVENING RUSH HOUR.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED. SNOW WILL LIKELY IMPACT BOTH THE MORNING AND EVENING WORK COMMUTE.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...FALLING INTO THE MID 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.