SALEM – Snow plow drivers with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been working overnight to plow and treat roads throughout southwestern Virginia. Road conditions vary this morning. In addition, numerous downed trees have been reported throughout southwestern Virginia due to heavy snow. Motorists are encouraged to consider postponing travel until road conditions improve.
As of 4:30 a.m., motorists can expect the following road conditions for the 12-county Salem District:
Interstate 81 and Interstate 581 in the Roanoke area are clear of snow. In the New River Valley, I-81 in Montgomery and Pulaski counties is in minor condition. Interstate 77 is snow covered with disable vehicles reported along the roadway.
In Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties, primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and secondary roads (those numbered higher than 600) are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow; partially block the road; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – wet pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
Motorists can find the latest road conditions before travelling on 511 Virginia at www.511Virginia.org.
To report downed trees or other maintenance issues, contact VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD.