Black ice awaits morning drivers Monday


STAUNTON, Va. (WSET) - With pavement temperatures at or below freezing in several areas, black ice is a potential hazard on secondary roads, bridges and overpasses on Monday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to buckle up, allow extra time for their travels, and assume that ice is present on "any road that appears wet."

VDOT crews and contractors have been treating roadways as needed since the winter storm began on Sunday morning.

Here are the road conditions as of 4:00 a.m. Monday in the VDOT Staunton District:

  • Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
  • Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County.
  • Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Clear in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
  • Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear in Rockingham, Page and Shenandoah counties.
  • Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Bath, Highland, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties. Clear in Page County.

RELATED: VDOT warns of icy roads overnight and into morning

However, the Staunton area isn't alone. Lyncburg and Salem are also on "black ice" alert this morning and drivers are advised to take caution on the roads.

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