UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: As VDOT and local government crews in Southwest and Central Virginia continue to plow roads, trying to get rid of lingering snow and ice from Sunday’s winter storm, Motorists are still being urged to be on the lookout for slippery road conditions entering Tuesday night amid fears of refreezing.
The VDOT’s Salem District announced shortly after 11 a.m. that crews were still plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there is still frozen snow and ice on plowed roads in southwest Virginia. Motorists are therefore advised to drive slowly, to increase the distance between your vehicle and those in front of you and to avoid sudden braking.
“It’s stubborn, but the sun/warm temps will help with the melt”, VDOT Salem tweeted. “Thank you for everyone’s patience.”
More in VDOT Staunton District, crews will continue to clear the roads, as well as monitor them on Tuesday evening. As of this writing, however, all interstate roads in the district are in good condition, all major roads are in good to minor condition, and minor roads are in minor to moderate condition.
As of Tuesday evening, officials say travelers in the Hot Springs area of Bath County should be on the lookout for trucks loading and hauling snow away from downtown roads on Highway 615 (Main Street) and Route 220 (Sam Snead Highway).
VDOT Staunton says the roads have been plowed, but in Hot Springs the snow is limiting traffic to 1.5 lanes instead of two, so crews will be hauling snow away from that area overnight. This work should last two days.
Lynchburg District of the VDOT also says warmer temperatures will melt more snow and ice on Tuesday afternoon, but warns the threat of refreezing will continue through Tuesday evening “and possibly for several days throughout this pattern of melting -freeze-melt-freeze”.
Meanwhile, Lynchburg city officials say public works crews continue to conduct snow removal operations. While all major and minor streets are clear – except for a few snow-covered spots – crews will continue to work on residential roads, as well as intersections and all other snow-covered travel areas.
Garbage service would have resumed regular service on Tuesday, and the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is operating on a normal schedule, with some detours due to icy roads.
(WFXR) – Due to freezing temperatures overnight, any snow or ice that melted on Monday had a chance to refreeze and turn into black ice. With back roads still messy in parts of southwest and central Virginia, drivers are urged to be extra careful on the Tuesday morning drive.
Although Salem District VDOT crews worked through the night on secondary roads, officials warned morning motorists to watch out for road freezes on Tuesday, January 18.
“Don’t expect bare pavement. Watch out for slippery spots,” VDOT Salem tweeted at 4:30 a.m.
In Danville, the city released the following street condition update Tuesday just before 8 a.m.:
Public Works advises that the main roads are in good condition, but there may be patches of ice. Residential streets still have a layer of frozen snow and sleet bound to the pavement. Nighttime temperatures were well below freezing, hampering plowing operations. Crews worked through the night spreading sand to provide traction. As temperatures warm up today and streets thaw, crews will resume plowing.
City of Danville
Meanwhile, most major roads in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands are in clear to minor condition early Tuesday morning, according to the VDOT’s Staunton District. Most secondary roads, however, are in moderate condition with significant snow or ice cover.
Officials say the winter storm on Sunday Jan. 16 dumped 5 to 11 inches of snow and sleet around the 11 counties in VDOT Staunton. Then on Monday, January 17, there was blowing snow and blowing snow, along with a hard freeze that created black ice on wet surfaces.
VDOT Staunton says crews are currently focusing on secondary roads as they plow and treat roads around the clock. Where possible, residents are asked to avoid parking vehicles along neighborhood streets so that crews and contractors can completely clear the snow.
Additionally, ice would form first on bridges, overpasses and other elevated surfaces, so drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution in these areas.
“If the road looks wet, it’s probably black ice,” VDOT tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Here are road conditions in the counties closest to the VDOT Staunton district as of 4 a.m. Tuesday:
- Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany County and clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
- Interstate 81 – Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
- Main 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 can’t avoid traveling on Tuesdays, here are some VDOT tips for driving on slippery roads:
- Check 511Virginia.org before you go.
- Allow extra travel time.
- Slow down your speed.
- Brake lightly.
- Increase your following distance behind other vehicles.
- Do not overtake the plows.