Temperatures will rise this morning, melting the heavy wet snow. Afternoon highs will rise into the mid and upper 40s.
However, icy roads could be an issue for your morning commute as the remaining moisture on the roads could freeze. Main roads in most areas appear to be OK. Secondary roads may be slick.
Winds will be light this afternoon.
Appalachian Power Company is reporting outages in counties down the i-81 corridor in New River Valley. Several thousand are out of power in the Roanoke Valley. In Roanoke and Roanoke City, about 10,000 customers are without power. Martinsville and Henry County are also seeing scattered outages. Nearly 15,000 people are out of power in Mercer Co. West Virginia. Check the links below to see outages.
- One lane is closed on Route 11 North in Botetourt County near Cloverdale Road.
- A downed tree on Orange Avenue in Roanoke is causing delays just before Gus Nicks Blvd.
- The accident on Route 24 West in Bedford near Bowyers Loop has been cleared.- From the Virginia Department of Transportation Salem office: Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District and contractors have worked overnight night to plow and treat interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in western Virginia.
As of 4:30 a.m., all these major roads have been plowed and treated and they are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. On these main routes, drivers should be aware of potentially icy areas such as overpasses, ramps and bridges. Some examples of primary roads are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40, 11 and 8.
In most areas, crews are starting to plow secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets. Most secondary roads are still in moderate condition, which means they are still covered in a layer of snow and ice. Today, VDOT crews will continue plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Road conditions are expected to improve with warmer temperatures.
Last night, the heavy snows downed trees in some areas so tree removal crews were mobilized to respond.
- From the Virginia Department of Transportation Lynchburg office: As of 4:30 a.m., major roads across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are generally clear of snow but icy patches are possible. Most secondary routes remain snow or ice covered at this time
- From the Virginia Department of Transportation Bristol office: As of 4 a.m., - Be alert to snow and ice patches on Interstate 81 in Smyth and Wythe counties. Interstate 81 in Washington County is clear.