Planning Thanksgiving travel around snow and ice - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Planning Thanksgiving travel around snow and ice

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Traffic on Interstate 81 is steady, as many people have already started traveling for Thanksgiving.  VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond says the agency is ready for the crowded roads, and Winter weather that the next few days could bring.

"It's certainly the busiest travel day of the year, we are expecting heavier traffic volumes," said Bond.

With snow and ice in our forecast, WSLS 10 meteorologist Jeff Haniewich breaks down the road conditions for those of you traveling for Thanksgiving on Wednesday.

"If you were to leave tonight, just cold rain. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., we're looking at rain changing to snow," says Jeff. "That's the time frame I would say, just be very careful. If you don't have to go at that time, just don't do it."

But if you do have to leave tomorrow some times are better than others to avoid the bad weather.

"Traveling I-81 and going north, precipitation may follow you for a while. South, you will be okay," Jeff explains.

If you're heading south on I81 Jeff says to be cautious around Smyth County which could see more slick conditions.

"Traveling along I-77, to Charlotte, you should be okay, especially in the afternoon," he says. "I-77 through Beckley to Charleston, West Virginia, give it more time."

And with Route 460, heading towards Richmond should be fine, but Jeff says there will be more snow and ice moving towards Narrows and Princeton, West Virginia.

The theme for holiday travel this year is simple, use caution.

"We'll be monitoring those conditions overnight," says Bond. "Ready to plow and treat those roads when we do start to see snow or ice accumulating."

"Just be careful traveling," Jeff says. "Take your time getting to wherever you need to be. Your destination will be awaiting you, so just be careful."

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