Bedford County Fire & Rescue warns Appalachian Trail hikers to use caution since trails will likely be icy and slippery

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News
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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In light of a series of rescues of hikers last weekend, the Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue is advising those hiking along the Appalachian Trail to use caution.

Some of the higher elevations received a little bit of snow overnight on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, which — even in warmer temperatures — can still create slick conditions when partnered with showers which will continue to pass through the area this weekend.

Between Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21, there were three rescues that took place from hikers that became injured or stranded along the Appalachian Trail.

The first was along the Sawtooth Trail in Roanoke County Saturday afternoon. Shortly afterward, an injured hiker was rescued along the Appalachian Trail in Bedford County. Then, on Sunday night, a hiker was rescued along the Appalachian Trail in Rockbridge County.

When rescuers are dispatched to pull someone to safety, not only is the rescuee being put in danger but so are rescuers.

With the threat of slick conditions, the sign below has been posted along sections of the Appalachian Trail, advising caution for those using the trail.

(Image: Courtesy Bedford County Department of Fire & Recue)

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