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Icy weather fades away
Sparse traffic travels down Cleveland Avenue on Friday in Martinsville. Though the area received only .13 inches of rain Friday, local schools closed and travel was hazardous in many areas until Saturday’s milder temperatures melted most of the ice. (Bulletin photos by Mike Wray)
The worst of the ice from Friday’s storm may be gone, but officials warn that slick spots could remain today.
Lisa Hughes, resident engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation, urges motorists to continue to use caution and expect patches of ice.
She estimated that no more than half an inch of wintry mix — snow, sleet and freezing rain — fell Friday in Henry County on pavements already so cold that all the precipitation stuck.
The biggest accumulations in the area — up to an inch — were on the mountain and at Meadows of Dan in Patrick County, she said.
Road crews worked on primary roads during the day and night Friday and began on secondary roads about 10 a.m. Saturday.
In Henry County, roads in Bassett, Oak Level and Axton were among the worst, because there was a lot of freezing rain there, Hughes said.
As of mid-afternoon Saturday, some roads in the area were clear and some had icy spots, she said.
Martinsville roads were expected to be dry by Saturday night, Interim City Manager Leon Towarnicki said Saturday afternoon.
City crews put several applications of salt on the roads Friday and as the temperatures started to rise, the salt began melting the ice, he said.
A crew was to be on call Saturday night to respond to any emergencies that might arise overnight, Towarnicki said.
“Otherwise, things appear to be in good shape,” he added.
Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, said the high today is expected to be about 40 degrees, and there is a slight chance of rain from about 4 p.m. today until about sunrise Monday. In Martinsville, any precipitation probably would be all rain, but in northern Henry County and in Patrick County, there could be trace amounts of freezing rain, he said.
A high temperature in the mid-40s is forecast for Monday. There is 20 percent chance of rain Monday night with a low about 40. A high temperature in the mid-50s or even close to 60 is forecast for Tuesday, he said.
Motorists seeking current road conditions in the state can go to www.511Virginia.org, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.