Area motorists advised to use caution as slick road conditions expected

Traffic moves along U.S. 119 in the Trace Fork area. Emergency officials say slick road conditions are possible Tuesday afternoon as temperatures fall and snow moves into the region. (511)

Kanawha County emergency officials are urging caution during Tuesday afternoon’s commute with temperatures are expected to fall below freezing at midday.

Kanawha County Emergency Management said the National Weather Service in Charleston expects blustery conditions into tonight with strong wind gusts and brief periods of poor visibility as dense bands of snow move through the area, according to an alert from Metro 911.

The snow squalls could quickly drop one half to an inch of snow. Emergency officials expect wet road surfaces to freeze, especially after dark this evening. With accumulating snow, driving conditions could quickly become hazardous this afternoon and evening.

“We urge everyone to reduce speed and increase stopping distance during the afternoon commute,” the alert message said. “If you encounter emergency vehicles parked on the highway, slow down and move over.”

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