UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: Virginia State Police (VSP) released an update on the dangerous and slick road conditions across the Commonwealth as of Sunday night.

During the storm, VSP troopers responded to 482 traffic crashes and 486 disabled vehicles between 12:01 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.

Below is the breakdown of where the crashes took place:

  • Richmond Division: 41 disabled vehicles and 144 traffic crashes
    • At 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, state troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash in Goochland County, but no injuries were reported. Police say a Ford F-350 pickup truck towing a long trailer lost control, jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of I-64, and collided with a Toyota minivan. Both vehicles then came to rest in the median at mile marker 169.
  • Culpeper Division: 68 disabled vehicles and 40 traffic crashes
  • Appomattox Division: 58 disabled vehicles and 49 traffic crashes
  • Wytheville DIvision: 72 disabled vehicles and 72 traffic crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 30 disabled vehicles and 42 traffic crashes
  • Salem Division: 113 disabled vehicles and 70 traffic crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 104 disabled vehicles and 65 traffic crashes

VSP advises people to stay off the highways and remain in place overnight and into Monday, Jan. 17 until conditions improve.


UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Here is an update on the latest travel issues in the area:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 128 (reopened after earlier crash)
  • I-81 south at exit 150 (exit ramp is closed due to a tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-81 south at mile marker 132 (left shoulder is closed due to a tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 91 (left shoulder and left lane are closed due to a tractor-trailer crash)
  • Route 501 in Bedford County around Fontella Road (lane closures exist due to a tractor-trailer crash)

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Lynchburg officials have provided an update on road conditions.

The city’s Public Works crews are conducting snow removal operations on primary and secondary streets.

They say sleet and freezing rain are still blanketing the city. So, travel continues to be discouraged overnight and into the morning, if at all possible.

If motorists have to drive, they should exercise extreme caution.

Crews will continue working on primary and secondary streets for the remainder of the night and will move into residential streets on Monday, Jan. 17.

City officials say Monday’s trash service will be moved to Friday, Jan. 21 to allow crews to clear roadways.

The public is asked to have patience as crews prioritize snow removal.

Flights out of Lynchburg Regional Airport are expected to resume on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., according to city officials.

The Greater Lynchburg Transit Authority will resume at 11:45 a.m. Monday.

The annual MLK Jr. celebration will take place virtually on Monday at 1 p.m. Some events associated with the celebration will be streamed online.


UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: VDOT continues to urge drivers to stay off area roadways as snow and ice continue to create hazardous road conditions.

Icy precipitation continues to fall across most of Virginia which will continue to create problems on area roadways into Monday, Jan. 17.

They say that impacts will vary as they are changing rapidly as snow is transitioning to sleet and freezing rain in some areas.

Winds are also picking up across the region which is leading to fallen trees, downed powerlines and other debris.

“We want to thank motorists for heeding our messages and staying off the roads. “I implore travelers to remain off the roads during and after the storm so our crews may continue to aggressively fight the snow and ice.”

Stephen Brich, VDOT Commissioner

Crews are continuously working around the clock to address road conditions and will do so for as long as they exist.

Those who have to venture out may check highway conditions at 511virginia.org.

Hazardous road conditions can be reported by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.

VDOT has also partnered with Waze to add a new feature to the navigation software app allowing users to report, in real-time during winter weather, when a road has not been plowed. It will also inform travelers when they are approaching a road that has been identified by other drivers as unplowed.


UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Here are the latest traffic issues from across the region:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 167.9 (right lane and right shoulder are closed due to a disabled vehicle)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 128 (shutdown, backups are around three miles due to several crashes)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 93.1 (shutdown due to a tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-81 south at exit 150 (exit ramp is closed)
  • I-77 south at mile marker 54.7 (right shoulder is closed due to a tractor-trailer crash)

UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: VSP has updated its response to incidents across the Commonwealth.

Between midnight and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, State Police have responded to 369 crashes and 282 disabled vehicles around the Commonwealth, including the following:

  • Salem Division: 25 disabled vehicles and 53 crashes
    • At 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, state troopers say they responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Montgomery County that resulted in two minor injuries. Four-tractor trailers and a pickup truck reportedly collided in the northbound lanes of I-81 at mile marker 127.
  • Wytheville Division: 55 disabled vehicles and 59 crashes
  • Appomattox Division: 41 disabled vehicles and 43 crashes
  • Richmond Division: 28 disabled vehicles and 118 crashes
    • At 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, a state trooper was traveling east on I-64 when a vehicle tried to pass the trooper, lost control, and hit the trooper’s patrol car at mile marker 150 in Goochland County. In the words of VSP, the trooper “narrowly escaped injury.”
  • Culpeper Division: 37 disabled vehicles and 29 crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 25 disabled vehicles and 26 crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 36 disabled vehicles and 41 crashes

According to authorities, the majority of these crashes only damaged vehicles. There have been no reports of traffic fatalities for Sunday.

Police say if you must travel, follow these safety tips:

  1. Know Before You Go! Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions at www.511virginia.org or download the VDOT 511 app. Do not call 911 or #77 for road conditions. Please leave these emergency lines open for emergencies only.
  2. Clear ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle – car, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, commercial vehicle – before you travel.
  3. Use your headlights – in rain and snow. Virginia law requires headlights on when your wipers are active.
  4. Drive for conditions – slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you.
  5. Always buckle up.
  6. Avoid distractions – put down the phone.
  7. As the storm moves through the state, there will be an increased chance of encountering emergency vehicles assisting motorists. If it is safe to do so, carefully move over and give these responders plenty of room to safely work.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: Here are the latest traffic issues in the area:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 94 (shutdown due to tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 73 (left and center lanes closed due to tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-81 south at mile marker 107 (right shoulder closed due to crash)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 127 (shutdown due to tractor-trailer crash)
  • I-64 east at mile marker 35 (right shoulder closed due to disabled tractor-trailer)

VDOT has listed the following roads to be in Severe Condition (significant accumulation of snow or ice is partially blocking the roadway).

  • Route 221 between Copper Hill and Floyd
  • Route 8 between Floyd and Christiansburg
  • Route 11 betwen just east of Radford, through Christiansburg to Lafayette
  • Route 460 Business between Christiansburg, through Blacksburg to Meadow Brook
  • Route 114 between the New River and the Route 460 interchange

Drivers should continue staying off of area roadways until the precipitation ends and crews can work to make progress clearing more roads.


UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Here is an update on the latest traffic issues in the area:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 134 (detour set up at Exit 132 – three miles of congestion behind the detour)
  • I-64 east at mile marker 35 (right shoulder is closed)
  • I-77 south at mile marker 71.4 (right shoulder is closed)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 93.1 (shutdown due to jackknifed tractor-trailer with a fuel leak)

There are other fender-benders in the region as well.

Drivers should continue to limit travel until conditions improve.


UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: Roanoke County Police say there are disabled tractor-trailers on Franklin Road southbound at Web Road which has closed that stretch of roadway.

Police say that tractor-trailers are also getting stuck trying to get off at the detour along I-81 north at exit 132.

“We urge the community to please stay off the roads until the storm passes and then give VDOT time to do their work,” said Commander J. A. Johnson of Roanoke County Police.


UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Here is the latest list of active crashes in the region:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 134.4 (traffic is being detoured off Exit 132)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 134 (traffic is being detoured off Exit 132)
  • I-64 east at mile marker 14 (right lane and right shoulder are closed)

Virginia State Police (VSP) continues to advise any non-urgent travel should be postponed until the snow wraps up and crews are able to make headway in clearing the roads.

The morning commute on Monday, Jan. 17 will be very tricky – especially on secondary and neighborhood streets that plows are not able to get to.

Even after streets are cleared, Monday will still have gusty winds which will cause areas of blowing and driving snow which will cause more problems on area roadways.


UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: Here is a list of active crashes in the region:

  • I-81 north at mile marker 134.4 (left shoulder and left lane closed)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 134 (northbound lanes shut down)
  • I-81 north at mile marker 106.6 (right lane and right shoulder are closed)
  • I-64 west at mile marker 43 (left shoulder and left lane closed)

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: VSP continues urging drivers to not travel unless in an emergency.

Since midnight on Sunday, Jan. 16, VSP says they have responded to the following:

  • Salem Division: 29 disabled vehicles and 32 crashes
  • Wytheville Division: 45 disabled vehicles and 36 crashes
  • Appomattox Division: 17 disabled vehicles and 20 crashes
  • Richmond Division: 12 disabled vehicles and 30 crashes
  • Culpeper Division: 21 disabled vehicles and six crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 18 disabled vehicles and 11 crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 20 disabled vehicles and seven

VSP says they remain on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash and backup on I-81 in Roanoke County.

Shortly after noon, a tractor-trailer jackknifed and the cab disconnected from the trailer at mile marker 134 on the northbound side of I-81.

Crews are working to get the tractor-trailer reconnected so the northbound lanes can be reopened.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Snow continues to pile up across the region and travel continues to become even more hazardous.

Virginia State Police (VSP) says non-essential travel should be avoided – a sentiment echoed by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) personnel.

Drivers should only venture out onto the roads if they absolutely have to.

(Image courtesy of VSP).

As of 12:50 p.m. Sunday, a VDOT listed a few roads to be in severe condition, where a significant portion of the roadway is covered in snow or ice that is partially blocking the roadway. Those sections of road include:

  • Route 221 between Copper Hill and Floyd
  • Route 8 between Floyd and Christiansburg
  • Route 11 betwen just east of Radford, through Christiansburg to Lafayette
  • Route 460 Business between Christiansburg, through Blacksburg to Meadow Brook

VDOT is reporting several crashes on I-81.

  • A tractor-trailer crash on I-81 north at mile marker 134.4
  • Several crashes have shut down at mile marker 134 (all northbound lanes are closed.
  • A tractor-trailer crash on I-81 south at mile marker 50.