With all of western Virginia under a winter storm warning, the Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid unnecessary travel on Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to begin before dawn and continue into the evening. The Shenandoah Valley is forecast to receive up to eight inches of snow, and as much as ten inches are expected in the higher elevations.
The precipitation will likely start as wet snow, but turn into a powdery snow by the end of the storm. High winds are forecast for Tuesday afternoon and evening, which could limit visibility and create drifting. Even after a road is plowed, winds could cover the road again with blowing snow.
VDOT began emergency operations at midnight. Crews will work around the clock during and after the winter storm to ensure roads are treated and plowed. They will focus efforts first on interstates and primary roads, then shift resources to secondary roads as conditions improve.