Ice is a major concern for drivers in the Lynchburg area.

If you drive along major roads like Route 460 in Bedford County, you may not immediately see a problem.

Around noon there was a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but very little of that stuck to the pavement.

Just because you can see the road doesn't mean there isn't a danger. A lot of rain fell overnight and that left the pavement extremely wet and slick.

As the temperature continues to drop, there's a possibility that black ice will form.

Bridges and overpasses already have ice patches and as many of you know, those tend to freeze first.

Because the pavement was so warm Monday morning, most of the snow that's falling is just making the road wet, and all of that moisture could freeze as the hours wear on.

Snow is starting to accumulate on side roads near Route 460.

Here is a news release that the Virginia Department of Transportation sent out at 3 p.m. Monday:

Drivers should expect icy roads in most of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg District during the overnight and early morning hours of Tuesday.

While roads are mainly wet now, motorists may encounter patches of ice or snow, particularly on bridges, overpasses, at higher elevations and in shady areas. Low temperatures tonight may create hazardous driving conditions as any moisture on roadways and other surfaces will freeze.

Motorists are advised to delay travel, if possible. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and follow these winter driving tips:

• Know the conditions before you go! Check, call 511 and/or check local media.

• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.

• Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.

• Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.

• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.

• Allow extra time for travel.

• When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly.
Motorists can report potholes and other road problems 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD).

The Lynchburg District consists of the following counties: Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.