Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 25, 2013

Snowfall making for dangerous driving conditions, troopers ask motorists to stay off the roads


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Snow is now making roads in the region slick, so law enforcement agencies are urging people to stay at home for now.

“Everything’s covered,” said Sgt. M.S. Haynes, assistant detachment commander of the West Virginia State Police detachment near Princeton. “We’ve had a few (accidents) but not a whole lot.”

However, road conditions are still hazardous at this time, Haynes said.

“If it’s not an emergency where you have to go out, people should stay at home for sure,” he said.

West Virginia Department of Transportation crews are currently treating and plowing local highways.

“I do know that we were out ahead of the storm,” said District Manager Tom Camden. “Once again, we are trying to do some pre-treating because we knew, based on the cold weather, that this snow would probably stick from the beginning.”

“We will be operating 24 hours to ensure that all of our roads are passable,” Camden said.

Icy roads and freezing rain are predicted to continue across the region this evening, according to weather officials.

Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., said the majority of snowfall and freezing rain should move out of the area by midnight tonight.

“For the most part, the main bulk of the moisture has moved to the east, but there is still some freezing drizzle with a little snow mixed in at times that will last for the rest of the evening,” he said. “That will not add any additional accumulation, but keep roads slick tonight.”

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the region until 9 p.m. this evening. Periods of snow and sleet may make traffic difficult and create slippery roads as well as limited visibility.

 

Dispatchers with the Virginia State Police Wytheville detachment said they are still getting reports of heavy snow across Southwest Virginia and are dealing with at least one accident on Interstate 77 northbound in Carroll County.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, minor ice and snow has been reported on major routes in Tazewell County including U.S. Route 460/19, Route 16, and Route 61. In Bland County, moderate snow and ice has been reported on U.S. 52 and Route 61 as well as many secondary roads in the county. VDOT reported there is also minor ice and snow accumulating on I-77 in Bland County.

VDOT has also closed Route 749, also known as Bane Road, in Giles County due to hazardous conditions. Moderate snow and ice has been reported on U.S. Route 460, Virginia Route 42 and U.S. Route 219 in Giles County as well.