February 13, 2007
Madison County is one of the areas that could be hardest hit by this winter weather.
Roads throughout Madison County may seem okay now, but could become dangerous for drivers later Tuesday evening.
"Basically, snow, sleet, freezing rain going on here in Madison County with a little snow, and ice forming on the trees," said Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver.
All are ingredients for wintry weather which is predicted to fall across Central Virginia.
The forecast is a big concern for the Madison County Sheriff's Office for a number of reasons.
"The forming of black ice and the ice freezing over. Our concern is to use caution, and drive slowly while watching out for icy spots because they will be forming later on tonight," added Sheriff Weaver.
The wintry weather also concerns Madison County Schools.
"Roads were fine this morning, everything looked okay for the buses to run, and staff to report; but the forecast did not get any better," said Madison County High School Principal Mike Sisler.
Which meant principals at all Madison County schools dismissed their students earlier than usual.
Drivers who insist on moving along the roads will not be the only ones out there.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is keeping 50 crews on-duty throughout the night to treat the roads.
"Our crews are on 12-hour storm shifts, so at 8:00p.m. our crews will shift over. The night shift will come in, and work until 8:00a.m. Wednesday," said Lou Hatter of the Virginia Department of Transportation.