SALEM – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District and its contractors have been mobilized to plow and treat roads since yesterday as snow showers continue to make their way through the area. Those counties in the New River Valley, along the West Virginia border and in the higher elevations experienced the most snow fall.
This morning at 5:30 a.m., for the Salem District, drivers will find primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Interstate 581 and Interstate 81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties are also in minor condition. I-77 in the Hillsville area is clear.
Drivers are cautioned that secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) in Giles and Craig counties are in moderate condition. This means they are snow covered. Snow plow drivers will continue to concentrate on these routes today. Conditions are expected to improve as snow showers end, equipment operators make more progress and temperatures rise.
Most secondary roads throughout the region including those in Bedford, Botetourt, Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke counties are in minor condition, which means drivers should watch for isolated slick spots.
In the lower elevations where snow fall accumulations have not been as great, drivers should still watch for isolated slick spots on roads, particularly in cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses and ramps.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
Unless road conditions worsen today, this will be the final update on this event. Drivers can always find the latest road conditions before travelling on 511 Virginia at www.511Virginia.org.