by Nick Cafferky, news editor
UPDATE 9:08 P.M.
Blacksburg Transit has stopped running for the rest of the night due to the inclement weather. No decision has been made for service tomorrow.
PUBLISHED 8:09 P.M.
Blacksburg is finally seeing its first real snow fall of the winter and it is hitting the region hard.
Starting in the early morning, the storm has already dumped an estimated 5.8 inches of snow on the ground with anywhere from three to five more inches to come into the night.
Theses conditions have made driving almost impossible, as the Virginia Department of Transportation is scrambling to improve conditions on the roads.
“Everything on the Virginia Traffic 511 is showing that road conditions are what we consider moderate,” said Jason Bond of the VDOT. “This means that there is some type of accumulation on the roads throughout the region.
“The last update I had on the interstates says that the roads are covered in flush and I would anticipate that for all of the roads throughout the area as long as the snow is coming down,” he said.
With many reports leading up to today suggesting that the precipitation would mostly be rain and sleet, the VDOT did not treat the roads before hand. Treatment was done in the early morning, but the late start and heavy snowfall has the snowplows trying to play catch up.
“We’re concentrating our efforts the primary roads,” Bond said, “the ones that carry the most traffic. That’s where efforts are right now because snow is continuing to fall. That means there’s probably more accumulation on the secondary roads and probably more snow in the higher elevation.”
As of right now, there appears to only be one incident on roads in the area, as a tractor-trailer accident on the 114 mile-marker on I-81 has closed the south-bound left lane.
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