Icy conditions possible today

After the combination of a light snow dusting and a wintry mix, Shenandoah Valley residents may see icy conditions on area roadways this morning.

Sandy Myers, Virginia Department of Transportation public relations specialist, said Tuesday that crews were not planning on pre-salting the roads overnight.

“I think there’s probably just too much rain associated with this storm,” she said. That rain could potentially wash away any preventative measures taken before the storm.

She said VDOT crews would be out all night, however, and would treat the roads as needed. There was leftover salt from the previous snow, and she said that may help.

“If there’s enough snow to plow, then they’ll plow it. If it turns out to be more of an ice storm, then they’ll put salt on the roads,” Myers said.

She encouraged drivers to beware of black ice, and just because a surface appears to have no ice, that may not be the case. She advised drivers to go slow and buckle their seat belts.

“Give yourself plenty of time. Do drive slower if you possibly can, and do drive defensively,” she said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Martin said the ice should melt by mid-day, but it could linger depending on temperatures. Today’s high temperature is forecast for 39 degrees. He added that any snow or wintry mix should switch to rain around noon.

In addition to slick roads, Martin said more than a quarter inch of ice  could weigh down trees and cause issues. That could include branches falling onto power lines.

No more snow is expected this week. Martin said Thursday and Friday should be dry, with possible rain forecast for Saturday.