SALEM DISTRICT: Snow arrives in Bedford area; VDOT, VSP urge caution

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Morning snow showers have started to fall through southwest Virginia and road conditions may continue to change and impact drivers over the next few hours. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions today.

As of 4:30 a.m. this morning, drivers will find the interstates, most primary roads (those numbered 1-599), and secondary roads (those numbed 600 and above), in minor condition with icy patches and slick spots. Slick roads throughout the region are present, especiallyon bridges, overpasses, curves, higher elevations and elevated surfaces which often will produce icy conditions first.

Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the morning and road conditions could change rapidly with wind chills and temperatures continuing to fall. Drivers are encouraged to use caution and continue to monitor traffic and weather reports throughout the morning as conditions are expected to change.

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.


Virginia State Police report

Fortunately, traffic crashes are at a minimum right now across the entire Commonwealth as folks wake up to snow-covered highways. As of 7:30 a.m., Virginia State Police statewide are responding to 27 traffic crashes and 6 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes – 13 of them – are reported in the State Police Salem Division on primary and secondary roads. To prevent additional crashes and to keep from getting stuck, state police are advising Virginians to delay their travel so VDOT can continue to treat and clear the roads as the snow continues to fall.

Those who do have to travel are advised to…

1.       Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.

2.       Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.

3.       Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

4.       Slow speed for conditions.

5.       Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.

6.       Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.