Bedford County under Winter Storm Watch

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SALEM – The wintry mix of precipitation that is forecasted to begin late tonight and continue into Thursday may cause slick roads in parts of southwestern Virginia, particularly during tomorrow’s commute.  Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if driving during this storm as roads may ice up.   

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is applying brine as a pre-treatment on some trouble spots in the mountains on Interstate 81 and Route 460 in the New River Valley and on portions of Interstate 77 ahead of the storm. 

Pavement temperatures in southwestern Virginia are above freezing but may fall overnight and into the early morning hours especially in colder spots and on elevated surfaces.  A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice accumulates on roadways or not.

As precipitation transitions from rain to freezing rain, sleet or snow, drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form first.    

Drivers are encouraged to check the forecast, consider postponing travel until warmer temperatures can improve road conditions and use extra caution when driving.

Before traveling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.

To report downed trees or debris on state maintained roadways, contact VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623. 


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


Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Alleghany; Amherst; Bath; Bedford; Botetourt; Craig; Rockbridge

NWS Blacksburg (Southwest Virginia)

...Wintry Mix Expected Tonight into Thursday... .Low pressure over the Gulf Coast will track across the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas today and tonight before merging into a deeper system off the Mid Atlantic coast Friday. At the same time, cold high pressure will wedge south into our area keeping surface temperatures at or below freezing. This will result in a threat of freezing rain, sleet and snow tonight into Thursday. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Freezing rain, sleet and snow possible. Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to four inches. Ice accumulations up to one half inch.

* WHERE...The Alleghany Highlands, southern Shenandoah Valley in central Virginia and southeast West Virginia.

* WHEN...From late tonight through Thursday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph at higher elevations will bring down trees limbs and power lines already weighed down with ice. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact travel for the morning commute Thursday.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.