UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: VDOT is noticing that some southwest Virginia roadways are again becoming icy Monday night as temperatures fall back below freezing.
According to VDOT, roads in the New River Valley are worsening at a faster rate because some are still at least partially snow-covered.
Roads listed in “Moderate” condition — meaning snow or ice is covering the majority of the roadway — include the following:
- I-81 from Fort Chiswell to Wytheville
- Route 221 from Bent Mountain through Floyd to near Dugspur
- Route 8 between Sugarloaf Mountain through Floyd to the Little River
- Route 100 between Dry Pond Mountain to Route 11 and into Pulaski
- Route 611 from I-81 to Pulaski
- Route 11 from the New River through Dublin and Pulaski to I-81
- Route 11 from Wytheville through Marion and into far SW Virginia
- Route 52 from north of Shorts Creek to Fort Chiswell at I-81
- Route 121 from Fort Chiswell to Max Meadows
- Route 15 from Marion to the Tazewell County line
- Route 21 from Wytheville to Independence
- Route 58 from Independence to Mouth of Wilson
Drivers can expect roads to become icy all over the region. If a road is wet, it will freeze as temperatures get well-below freezing overnight. This will cause many roads — especially rural routes and neighborhood streets — to remain slick. Bridges and overpasses will have the highest risk of freezing.
UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Snow removal operations in Lynchburg will continue Monday night.
City officials say that despite a few snowy spots, primary and secondary roads are clear in Lynchburg.
Crews — who have been working on residential streets since 7 a.m. Monday — are now focusing on neighborhoods. These workers will continue through the night or until temperatures get too cold.
On Tuesday, the city says crews will continue working on clearing residential streets and intersections and other travel areas that remain snow-covered.
Trash service will also continue on its regular schedule on Tuesday.
In addition, GLTC will reportedly operate as normal on Tuesday with some detours in place due to slick roads. All three Lynchburg courts will open at noon that day.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: VDOT continues to work on southwest and central Virginia roadways to clear them of snow and ice.
Most major roads in central Virginia are clear or only have patches of snow and ice on them.
Further west, VDOT says that there are several roadways that are listed in “Moderate Condition,” where snow and ice is covering a major portion of the roadway. Those roads include:
- Route 221 from near Copper Hill through Floyd and to just north of Dugspur
- Route 8 from near Sugarloaf Mountain through Floyd to the Little River
- Route 11 from the New River through Dublin and Pulaski to High Rocks Mill
- Route 99 from the split with I-81 to Pulaski
- Route 636 from the split with I-81 through Dublin to near the Giles County line
- I-81 from Fort Chiswell through Wytheville to near Rural Retreat
- Route 52 from Wytheville to near the intersection of the South Scenic Highway
- Route 94 from Farmers Store to south of Ivanhoe
Other major, non-residential roads are shown with either patchy snow and ice or are clear.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: Danville’s Public Works crews say that primary streets have improved during the afternoon and are now listed in “good condition.”
Residential streets are now being handled but they say that there is still a layer of snow and ice that is compacted on most neighborhood streets.
Roads will continue to be plowed tonight and into the overnight hours. Crews, who are working 12 hour shifts around the clock, will be placing sand onto streets for extra traction.
Road crews in Danville and across the region are concerned with falling temperatures Monday night that will allow wet roads to re-freeze producing areas of black ice which will likely continue into the morning commute on Tuesday.
City officials in Danville are reminding anyone who needs shelter to contact the non-emergency line for the Emergency Communications Center at 434-799-5111, option 8. The center will arrange to meet the need.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: VDOT’s Salem District says crews have begun plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets, which will continue overnight.
Officials say crews have made “significant progress” on plowing those roads, numbered 600 and above, as well as the neighborhood streets.
Equipment operators will continue working to clear those roads overnight and into Tuesday, Jan. 18.
VDOT asks that residents to be patient as crews continue working around-the-clock to clear the rest of the roads.
Temperatures will fall below freezing again Monday night, which will pose a risk for re-freezing — even on area interstates — especially on bridges and overpasses that will likely see areas of black ice.
Primary roads (numbered 1-599) are largely clear, but gusty winds are causing issues with blowing and drifting snow, especially at higher elevations.
Plows are returning to these areas to clear the snow that has drifted back onto those roadways, which can slow the progress that is being made on secondary roads.
Drivers should continue to use caution while traveling Monday night and into the day on Tuesday — especially during the morning commute.
UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: Pulaski County Emergency Management says Mines Road is currently impassable due to blowing and drifting snow, which has covered the roadway.
Crews are working to clear the road. They ask drivers to use caution while driving as road conditions continue to change as gusty winds will continue to blow snow onto area roadways.
UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: VDOT’s Salem District says equipment operators continue to work in 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads in western Virginia. However, crews have now shifted their efforts to secondary roads around the region.
As of 11:35 a.m. on Monday, VDOT says interstates 77, 81, and 581 are in minor condition in the Salem District, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. As a result, drivers should still use caution and watch for icy patches, especially on ramps, bridges, and overpasses.
Meanwhile, conditions on primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are improving from snow-covered and slushy to minor condition, so officials say drivers should expect slick spots on these routes, as well.
Late Monday morning, VDOT Salem announced that plowing was underway on secondary roads and neighborhood streets (those numbered 600 and above), which are covered in deep snow throughout the region. Equipment operators plan to make as much progress as possible Monday with plowing these roads.
The department also warned that Gusty winds are causing snow to blow and drift in some areas, which may cause previously plowed roads to be covered in snow again.
To report debris, downed trees, or other hazards on the roadway, you are asked to call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
Meanwhile, the City of Danville issued the following update at 11:45 a.m. on the storm situation:
The outdoor temperature is 34 degrees. A high of only 36 degrees is expected. Overnight temperatures will plunge to 19 degrees. Any citizen in need of shelter should call the non-emergency number for the Emergency Communications Center. That number is (434) 799-5111, option 8. The center will arrange to meet the need.
The Police Department has received a report of one motor vehicle accident today. There were no injuries.
The Public Works Department reports that primary streets are in fair condition, with icy areas. Crews began plowing in residential neighborhoods at midnight. They were not able to clear the pavement because of compacted and frozen snow and sleet. They continue to plow streets today. In addition, crews are applying sand to provide traction. Crews continue to work 12-hour, round-the-clock schedules.
Danville Utilities has no power outages.
UPDATE 9:13 a.m.: Both state and local officials continue to urge Virginians to avoid travel or travel with caution Monday morning as crews work to clear the snow and ice from interstates and primary roads around the Commonwealth
VDOT’s Staunton District announced at 4 a.m. on Monday that the interstates, primary roads, and secondary roads were all in moderate condition after Sunday’s winter storm left 5-8 inches of accumulation in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands.
A few hours later, VDOT Staunton tweeted that Route 56 is back open after railroad crews spent hours working to move a disabled train blocking the road near Vesuvius in Rockbridge County.
Meanwhile, Virginia State Police posted a picture of K9 Bruin from Alleghany County, warning motorists that Virginia roads are still slick Monday morning and urging them to delay travel until temperatures rise and conditions improve.
VDOT’s Bristol District also shared a 4 a.m. warning on Monday, alerting residents about snow-covered sections of I-81 between Emory in Washington County and Fort Chiswell in Wythe County. The district also says there are snow-covered portions on I-77 in Bland and Wythe counties, as well as snow-covered conditions on primary and secondary highways in Wythe, Grayson, and Bland counties.
The City of Lynchburg says Public Works crews are still conducting snow removal operations on Monday.
Just before 8 a.m. on Monday, officials announced that most primary streets in Lynchburg are clear with a few snowy spots; secondary streets may have some snow, but are mainly drivable; and residential streets are still snow-covered and very slick.
Public Works crews and contractors will work through residential roads on Monday, but drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling through these areas.
In addition, Monday’s trash service is delayed until Friday, Jan. 21 to allow crews to clear roadways.
Down in Danville, officials say the Public Works Department says primary roads are in fair condition, with some icy areas. However, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel Monday morning.
River City crews began plowing in residential neighborhoods at midnight. Even though they were not able to clear the snow and sleet from the pavement because of compacted and frozen snow and sleet, they will continue to work on those streets on Monday.
Meanwhile, as of 7:18 a.m. on Monday, officials say Danville Utilities has four outages that are affecting 11 customers.
UPDATE 7:39 a.m.: According to VDOT, crews are still working around-the-clock to clear roads after Sunday’s winter storm dropped several inches of snow, followed by ice and rain, through most of the Commonwealth.
While progress has been made on roadways, the department announced Monday morning that there are sections of interstates and primary roads in moderate condition, with locations covered with snow and ice.
“Sub-freezing temperatures remain in many areas around the state and any wet spots on the roadways should be considered ice,” VDOT said in a statement at 6:45 a.m. on Monday. “Motorists are reminded that bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways and caution should be exercised while driving.”
VDOT says road-clearing efforts are prioritized in the following manner:
- Interstates, primary roads, and major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, or those with high traffic volumes, will be cleared first.
- Secondary and subdivision streets will be treated in the event of a multi-day storm, but crews will focus efforts on roads that are traveled most.
When snow or ice is on roadways, travel is hazardous and should be avoided, according to officials. If you cannot avoid travel, VDOT shared a few tips:
- Allow crews time and space to plow and treat roads.
- Clear any snow and ice from your vehicle before driving.
- Do not travel until precipitation stops and road conditions improve, which you can check using 511Virginia.org
- Ensure your headlights are on and your speed aligns with the conditions.
- For more information on winter weather travel, visit virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Equipment operators and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continued plowing and treating interstate and primary roads around southwest Virginia overnight, but there are still plenty of slushy or snowy roads across the region ahead of the Monday morning commute.
According to VDOT’s Salem District, additional snow fell in many areas during the nighttime hours on Sunday, Jan. 16, which covering roads back up again. However, crews and contractors are still working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads.
As of 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, VDOT says motorists can expect the following road conditions for the 12-county Salem District:
- Interstates 77, 81, and 581 are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
- The primary roads (those numbered 1-599) range from moderate to minor. These major roads throughout western Virginia are still slushy and snow-covered.
- Low-volume secondary roads and neighborhood streets are still in severe condition, which means they are covered in deep snow and have not been plowed yet.
Officials expect plowing to begin on neighborhood streets and low-volume secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) throughout the region later Monday morning and during the afternoon.
In Monday morning’s update, VDOT also included a some simple requests for Virginians:
- Park off the road to allow plows to clear the road ahead.
- Avoid parking in the street or in cul-de-sacs to make it easier for snowplow drivers when plows head to your neighborhood.
- Shovel to the right when facing the road, so less snow is pushed back into driveways when plows start working on these routes.
According to the department, travelers can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
You can even track Virginia snowplows when snow reaches two inches or more by following this link.
To report debris, downed trees, or other roadway hazards, you are asked to call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).