VDOT warns drivers to watch for slick spots on interstates and main roads, snow on secondary roads

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(WFXR) — Crews and contractors have been plowing and treating southwest Virginia’s roads since Wednesday night in order to make the Thursday morning commute safe for motorists on a snowy day.

As rain transitioned to snow overnight, officials say snowfall was heavy at times, especially west of Roanoke in the New River Valley.

In an update at 4:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Salem District announced that drivers will find I-81, I-77, and the majority of primary roads (Routes 1-599) mostly clear except for a few isolated slick spots.

Motorists are still asked to use caution on bridges, ramps, and overpasses due to potential slick spots.

Meanwhile, VDOT says many secondary roads in Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick, and Pulaski counties covered in snow Thursday morning. However, these conditions will reportedly improve throughout the day as temperatures rise and snowplow drivers keep making progress on those routes.

In addition, secondary roads (Routes 600 and higher) and neighborhood streets in counties south and east of Roanoke have isolated slick spots, especially in the higher elevations, according to VDOT.

The roads in VDOT’s Lynchburg District, on the other hand, are generally covered in slush, but may still have some slick spots.

For more traffic information in your area, check out VDOT’s 511 online map.

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