VDOT: Wintry mix may cause slick roads if pavement temperatures fall

SALEM – A wintry mix of precipitation is forecasted to begin around midday on Saturday and may cause slick roads in parts of southwestern Virginia, particularly north of Roanoke and in portions of the New River Valley.

A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice or snow accumulates on roadways or not.  Pavement temperatures in southwestern Virginia are well above freezing currently but may fall as colder air moves through the region.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be monitoring the forecast and road conditions on Saturday and will respond as necessary.

If rain transitions to freezing rain, 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 and use caution if driving.

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

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