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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

Town of Bedford, Virginia Government snow removal report

 

SNOW UPDATE #2: We got much more snow than was predicted ... crews are trying to keep the main roads clear but side roads and residential streets won't really get treated until it stops snowing. Please try to stay indoors and travel only if necessary.

 

VSP report

Winter precipitation is continuing to cause problems on highways across the Commonwealth as we approach the noon hour. State police are still asking Virginians to delay unnecessary travel until conditions improve.

As of 11 a.m. Monday (Feb. 15), Virginia State Police are on scene of 55 traffic crashes statewide, to include the fatal crash in Fauquier County. Troopers are also responding to 23 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

Drivers are also advised NOT to call 911 or #77 to find out about road conditions. These phone lines must remain clear for real emergencies. Call 511 for road conditions or click on www.511virginia.org.

If you do HAVE to travel, then please keep these safety tips in mind:

·         Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights            

·         Add extra time to reach travel destination

·         Slow speed for road conditions

·         Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance

·         Buckle up and don’t drive distracted

·         MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

 

At 5:28 a.m., Monday (Feb. 15), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash in Frederick County. A tractor-trailer loaded with 33 cattle was traveling north on Interstate 81 when it ran off the left side of the highway and overturned in the median.

The adult male driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. He has been charged with reckless driving.

Troopers have gone to great lengths to look out for the welfare and humane treatment of the cattle involved in the crash. Of the 33 cattle riding in the trailer, six escaped the damaged trailer…with a few still being gently rounded up by troopers. Six cattle did not survive the crash.

State police had a local veterinarian respond to the scene to assess the conditions of those cattle injured in the crash. The veterinarian is making the necessary determinations of their treatment, which is still ongoing at this time, and advising state police on how best to manage the scene.

The northbound lanes of I-81 remain closed and traffic is being detoured around the crash.

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning in effect until Tuesday, 12:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST
TUESDAY...

* ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO
3 INCHES...ALONG WITH UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* LOCATIONS...AREAS OF VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA
ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE...INCLUDING THE ROANOKE AND
NEW RIVER VALLEYS.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* TIMING...PERIODS OF SNOW AND SLEET...CHANGING TO FREEZING RAIN
THIS AFTERNOON. FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY
TUESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW AND ICE COVERED ROADS.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...RISING INTO THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S TODAY.
LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...SLEET...AND ICE MEANS THAT
SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF WINTER PRECIPITATION ARE EXPECTED.
TRAVEL WILL BECOME DANGEROUS TO PERHAPS IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS.
ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT...FOOD... WATER...AND A BLANKET IN YOUR VEHICLE IN
CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS...ICE
ACCUMULATION OR WIND DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VIA
EMAIL AT RNK.SKYWARN@NOAA.GOV OR AT PHONE NUMBER 1...8 6 6...
2 1 5...4 3 2 4.FOR ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION...VISIT US ON
THE WEB AT HTTP://WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV OR AT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV.

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