VDOT warns drivers to expect possible icy roads with forecasted wintry mix
Icy roads possible on Monday and into Tuesday night until pavement temperatures rise
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advising drivers to expect possible icy and slick road conditions due to a wintry mix of precipitation of snow, freezing rain, sleet and rain that is anticipated to pass through southwestern Virginia on Monday, Jan. 8.
Due to low pavement temperatures, ice accumulation is possible particularly in the higher elevations. Icing may occur first on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.
Air temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day on January 8, but pavement temperatures are low and may be slow to rise which will contribute to possible icy roads.
If temperatures rise today, VDOT crews will pre-treat roads ahead of this storm as it is expected to start as snow and transition to freezing rain.
Travelers 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.
January 7, 2018 @ 7:46 pm
I have a doctors appointment in Roanoke Tuesday January 9th at 10:40 am please send me an update on the road conditions for then please I have to leave my home at 7:30 am due to two hours and a half drive. Thank You
January 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
National Weather Service forecast for Monday night and Tuesday looks good…Monday Night – A chance of rain, mainly before 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tuesday – Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Light west wind. No guarantees, but sounds like it will be too warm for any icy roads. You can always check weather at http://www.noaa.gov Type in your zip code and get your forecast.