Frigid temperatures, refreeze and high winds to impact travel tonight and this weekend

Low temperatures will keep roads icy, especially neighborhood streets and mountainous areas.

SALEM — Even though winter precipitation has ended in western Virginia, extremely low temperatures on Friday and into the weekend will keep roads icy. Slick roads will remain a possibility until temperatures rise above freezing next week.

Motorists who must travel should use caution, particularly on secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets. Any road that appears wet will be icy due to the frigid temperatures. Be extra careful on bridges, overpasses, mountainous areas and shaded locations that are more likely to be icy.  

High winds are also forecasted on Friday and may continue into the weekend. Although the high wind is helping to dry out roadways, the low temperatures will cause a refreeze on any damp or wet surfaces during nighttime hours.

Frequent wind gusts up to 40 to 50 mph are expected today and into tonight, which could result in debris on roadways such as downed trees, and pose dangers to high-profile vehicles like tractor-trailers, box trucks and some passenger vans, especially in higher elevations.

To report downed trees or debris in the roadway, contact VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov or calling 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

Safety and travel resources

When winter weather arrives, residents and motorists should plan travel ahead of time, check road conditions, prepare an emergency car kit, follow forecasts and announcements and limit travel based on conditions.

Prior to travel, motorists should visit 511virginia.org, call 511 or check the 511 Virginia mobile app for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions.

Driving tips

  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

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Last updated: July 17, 2024

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