Those planning to travel in or through Virginia this weekend, may need to adjust their plans as a winter storm is expected to begin late Friday night in southwestern Virginia and continue through the rest of the state overnight and through Saturday.
“It’s important to remember that the safest place during a winter storm is indoors,” said Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Chief Deputy Commissioner Cathy McGhee. “When travelers stay off the roads during a winter storm, transportation workers and public-safety officials can clear roads and respond more quickly to emergency needs. With the possibility of snow, mixed precipitation and freezing rain in some areas, motorists should be vigilant, track local weather along their routes, and change their travel plans if conditions worsen.”
Winter weather impacts will likely be focused in western Virginia areas such as Bristol, Salem, Staunton, western Culpeper and northern Virginia. Additionally, there is the potential of significant snowfall along with some mixed precipitation and freezing rain in northwestern Virginia areas, with the highest chances in western Staunton, Culpeper, and northern Virginia, where accumulating snowfall of 6 to 8 inches may be possible. In southern and southeastern Virginia, periods of moderate rain are expected through the day Saturday. Pavements will cool across the state into Saturday night, which could cause wet surfaces to re-freeze into Sunday morning.
VDOT crews are pretreating bridges and roadways in some areas and will be monitoring roadways and treating conditions as they develop.
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