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Snow sticking to area roads

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SALEM, VA -

The following information is from the VDOT Salem District:

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation's Salem District have mobilized and are responding to the wintery mix that began falling across our area this morning. Crews will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day and overnight and respond as necessary.

In preparation for the snow, crews pre-treated interstates and primary roads during the day Saturday. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging on to www.511Virginia.org.

When snow occurs, crews focus on clearing interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) until the snow stops and those roads are plowed and treated. Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.

Once the snow stops and the interstates and primary roads are plowed and treated, operators will focus on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above).

Drivers should:

•   Slow down and allow for extra time to reach their destinations

•   Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges

•   Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles

•   Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

As temperatures drop today and overnight, icy spots may form on roads, bridges and overpasses.

To report maintenance needs or hazardous road conditions, call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

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