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Drivers Battle Icy Roads Around Lexington


Lexington, VA- Sunday's freezing rain and sleet is causing some big problems for people on the road. Drivers are having to navigate icy roads, putting a damper on some of their travel plans.

We spoke to drivers around Lexington where the storm started a little later than expected. But, by 12 p.m. roads were really starting to get slick. As the season's first storm bore down on Virginia, Ramon Oldis was leaving New Jersey for Mexico and he had no clue what was in store for him and his five vehicle caravan.

Reporter: "Surprise you?"

Oldis: "Yes."

Reporter: "You better watch the news next time."

Oldis: "Next time I do it, man."

That's because right at Lexington a vehicle he was towing almost ended up in the ditch.

"We were driving and the car started to a slip slide," said Oldis.

Luckily the only damage was a bent tow bar. But, just being on the roads during this ice event is something emergency management in the area was certainly advising against.

"It looks like a lot of people are really adhering to that advice because the local roads have been pretty scarce this morning," said Robert Forseman, the Director of Rockbridge County Emergency Management.

Either that, or people were extra careful as just a handful of small wrecks were reported during the first part of this multi-day event. But, the danger is far from over.

"I'm sure they are going to continue to deteriorate. The secondary roads are covered now and it's going to be very unlikely that they are going to get before tomorrow sometimes," said Forseman.

With that said, and a big freeze expected Sunday night, Emergency Management in Rockbridge County is suggesting you postpone your morning commute a few hours to let that ice to melt before getting out and about.

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