UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: As crews from VDOT and local governments around southwest and central Virginia keep plowing roads, trying to get rid of the snow and ice lingering from Sunday’s winter storm, motorists are still urged to be on the lookout for slippery road conditions going into Tuesday night amid concerns of refreezing.
VDOT’s Salem District announced shortly after 11 a.m. that crews are still plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there is still frozen snow and ice sticking around on the plowed roads in southwest Virginia, so motorists are urged to drive slowly, increase the distance between your vehicle and those ahead of you, and avoid sudden braking.
“It’s stubborn but sunshine/warm temps will help with melting,” VDOT Salem tweeted. “Thanks for everyone’s patience.”
Over in VDOT’s Staunton District, crews will continue to clear roads, as well as monitor them Tuesday night. As of this writing, though, all interstate roads within the district are in clear condition, all primary roads are in clear to minor condition, and secondary roads are in minor to moderate condition.
Beginning Tuesday night, officials say travelers in the Hot Springs area of Bath County should be on the lookout for trucks loading and hauling snow away from roads in the downtown area on Route 615 (Main Street) and Route 220 (Sam Snead Highway).
VDOT Staunton says roads have been plowed, but in Hot Springs, snow is limiting traffic to 1.5 lanes rather than two, which is why crews will be hauling snow away from this area during the nighttime hours. This work is expected to take two days.
VDOT’s Lynchburg District also says that warmer temperatures will melt more snow and ice Tuesday afternoon, but warns that the refreeze threat will continue into Tuesday evening “and possibly for several days throughout this melt-freeze-melt-freeze pattern.”
Meanwhile, Lynchburg city officials say Public Works crews are continuing to conduct snow removal operations. While all primary and secondary streets are clear — except for a few snowy spots — crews will keep working on residential roads, as well as addressing intersections and any other snow-covered travel areas.
Trash service has reportedly resumed its regular Tuesday service and the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is operating on a normal schedule, with some detours due to icy roads.
(WFXR) — Due to the freezing temperatures overnight, any snow or ice that melted on Monday had the chance to refreeze and turn into black ice. With secondary roads still messy in some areas of southwest and central Virginia, drivers are urged to use extra caution during the Tuesday morning commute.
Even though crews in VDOT’s Salem District worked through the night on secondary roads, officials warned morning motorists to watch out for refreeze on the roadways on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
“Do not expect bare pavement. Watch for slick spots,” VDOT Salem tweeted at 4:30 a.m.
Down in Danville, the city issued the following update on Tuesday’s street conditions just before 8 a.m.:
Public Works reports that primary roads are in good condition, but there may be icy patches. Residential streets still have a layer of frozen snow and sleet bonded to the pavement. Overnight temperatures were well below freezing, hindering plowing operations. Crews worked overnight to spread sand to provide traction. As temperatures warm up today and the streets thaw, crews will resume plowing.City of Danville
Meanwhile, most main roads in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands are in clear to minor condition early Tuesday morning, according to VDOT’s Staunton District. Most secondary routes, however, are in moderate condition with significant snow or ice cover.
Officials say that the winter storm on Sunday, Jan. 16 dumped 5 to 11 inches of snow and sleet around VDOT Staunton’s 11 counties. Then, Monday, Jan. 17 brought blowing and drifting snow, as well as a hard freeze that created black ice on wet surfaces.
VDOT Staunton says crews are currently focused on secondary roads as they plow and treat roadways around the clock. If possible, residents are asked to avoid parking vehicles along neighborhood streets so crews and contractors can fully clear away the snow.
In addition, ice reportedly forms first on bridges, overpasses, and other elevated surfaces, which is why drivers are urged to use extreme caution in these areas.
“If the road looks wet it’s most likely black ice,” VDOT tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Here are the road condition in the closest counties within the VDOT Staunton District as of 4 a.m. on Tuesday:
- Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany County and clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
- Interstate 81 – Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
- Primary roads – Moderate to minor conditions in Highland County, minor conditions in Alleghany and Bath counties, and clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
- Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, and Highland counties.
If you cannot avoid traveling on Tuesday, here are a few tips from VDOT for driving on slick roads:
- Check 511Virginia.org before you leave.
- Plan for extra travel time.
- Slow your speed.
- Brake lightly.
- Increase your following distance behind other vehicles.
- Do not pass or tail plows.