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A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain glazed roads throughout western Virginia overnight... and more precipitation could make it tough to get around.
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Joe Dashiell is outside our studios this morning, with more on the current conditions. Joe, what will drivers find if they head out this morning?
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Kim, we've seen sleet this morning .
There is a glaze on some roads... but the plows and spreaders have been busy... even making it down many neighborhood streets overnight.
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((Another morning, another blanket of light snow over downtown Roanoke.
Drivers will find standing water... and plenty of slippery spots...
But the plows and chemical spreaders have been able to stay ahead of this storm...
and this morning, downtown roads... and the region's highways are in reasonably good shape.
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It's been a quiet morning, but as the sleet arrived in the last few hours, we have received reports of a few accidents.
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In addition, Kimberly we're told the Roanoke regional Airport is open, but experiencing delays.

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The dreaded "wintry mix" made a run on the Roanoke Valley overnight.
Once again, moisture from the south combined with freezing temperatures to leave an icy glaze over western Virginia.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke this morning, where the prospect of more precipitation could make things difficult today. Joe, How bad is it?
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Kim, the Virginia Department of Transportation tells us that the interstates and major routes are mostly clear with icy patches... but the department is warning conditions may worsen.
Of course, local roads aren't any better... making it another challenging morning for the folks who deliver the newspaper.
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It's 3:30 and the Roanoke Times is hot off the press.
But the carriers who converge on the distribution center will be delivering their newspaper through snow and ice.

On this morning, roads are relatively clear...
But it has clearly been a challenging winter for those who deliver the day's headlines.
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Snow plows and chemical spreaders have been on the road overnight... and have kept ahead of the storm
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But again Kimberly, conditions could change over the next few hours.

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Roads in western Virginia have a familiar feel this morning... after another wave of snow, sleet and freezing rain left an icy coating overnight.
We've had reports of accidents this morning.
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And Joe Dashiell reports conditions may not improve much during the day.
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Kim... road conditions weren't too bad early this morning, but the sleet moved in and more precipitaiton is expected.
For most of us, the best advice may be to stay home and off the road, but some folks don't have that luxury.
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Priscilla Harris is scraping her windshield, and preparing for what has become a challenging routine... delivering the Roanoke Times through this winter's worst.
On this morning, the roads remain relatively clear... the snow plows have stayed ahead of the latest winter storm... but the newspaper's carriers are looking forward to warmer weather. [12:30]
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Delays may be the order of the day for a lot of folks who are on the road today.
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And Kimberly, also for those who are travelling by air. Roanoke Regional Airport is open this morning, but we're told there are a number of delays.
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