Virginia Department of Transportation warns drivers to watch out for icy spots on roadways throughout western Virginia as low overnight temperatures have caused re-freezing of any moisture on roadways after yesterday’s winter weather event. Drivers should watch out for icy patches, frozen slush and slick spots on previously plowed or treated roadways. With low overnight temperatures, any road that appears wet will be icy this morning.
As of 5am this morning, 707 customers are without power in Henry County, 334 in Patrick County, 312 in Pittsylvania County, and 52 in Franklin County. All of the cases currently indicate the problem is being assessed and most of the restoration estimates show power being restored today or tomorrow. Some are still being assessed. Power outages are widespread due to the ice bearing down on power lines.
According to the National Weather Service, light freezing drizzle will be possible into mid-morning today. Patches of refrozen slush and/or black ice may remain on roadways, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks through 10 AM EST Monday morning. The forecast calls for more rain Saturday and Saturday night and then rain and snow on Sunday.
Virginia State Police responded to 324 crashes and 196 disabled vehicles during the winter storm. Many were in the Richmond and Culpepper Divisions. In addition to those totals, troopers are currently investigating an additional 44 crashes and assisting disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth. Police also report one person died from a storm-related crash in Pulaski County on Interstate 81.