Low Temperatures Could Lead to Slick Roads on Tuesday

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.--- Lower temperatures on Monday night could refreeze the roads, which could lead to slicker roads on Tuesday.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, as of 9:45 p.m. secondary roads in Rockingham, Augusta, Shenandoah and Page counties had major portions covered with snow or ice.

Neighbor Virgil Wenger helped to pull a car out of a ditch near an icy hill on Pike Church road in Rockingham county.

"It is a slope road and it is very bad there for that reason because they slide in the ditch and once they start sliding, they just slide off the edge," said Wenger.

However, he said cars in a ditch are a normal sight for him.

"Every year, we end up having a couple of people here whenever it snows," said Wenger.

VDOT added a brine mix and calcium chloride on Monday to break the ice.

Crews will add sand to hills and curves overnight to help add more traction to the roads.

Salt and chemicals are out of the question because of low temperatures.

The dropping temperatures are a concern for driver Chris Via. He was at a gas station in Harrisonburg, one of the few stops he made Monday night. However, on Tuesday, he plans to stay off the roads.

"It's going to be colder tonight so I believe all this stuff is going to freeze over. It is going to be slicker than today probably," said Via.

The freezing of the roads could lead to some black ice, something Via would rather avoid.

"It is not worth someone's life or hurting anybody else so the best to do with weather like this is to stay at home," said Via.

As of 9:45 p.m., primary roads in Augusta and Page counties were minor. Rockingham county primary roads were on minor to moderate conditions.

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