SHENANDOAH VALLEY The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across the state have been out in force through the weekend treating roads to keep them as safe as possible as a mix of wintry weather impacts the commonwealth. The hardest hit areas are in the western and northwestern regions of the state where snow and ice are causing minor to moderate conditions on major roadways. Roads are mostly clear in the rest of the state, but surfaces, particularly bridges, overpasses and shady areas may be slick.
Crews are treating road surfaces with chemicals to prevent icing and create better traction for travel. Roads with the highest traffic volumes are treated and cleared first. These are interstates and primary roads, then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets.
Freezing rain is expected to continue overnight for the Salem, Staunton, Culpeper, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, northwest Fredericksburg, and far west Richmond districts. This amount of ice will likely cause power line issues. VDOT has coordinated with tree removal contractors and utility companies to clear fallen tree branches and other debris that may impact power lines.
Temperatures will slowly warm later tonight, with most areas changing to rain in time for the Monday morning commute.
Motorists are urged to avoid driving on icy surfaces. Stay with WHSV for the latest updates.