CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — The forecasted flash freeze led to several major shutdowns of Interstate 79 and Interstate 68 throughout Friday morning and the early afternoon.
As of 2:30 p.m., there are no major closures, according to WV511, though conditions remain cold, and roads could still be icy, especially bridges and overpasses.
For those who must go out due to an emergency, you can check road conditions in real time at WV511.org, although some cameras appear to be downed. Interstate 68 and Interstate 79 road conditions are also available on Twitter.
After 9 a.m., the City of Clarksburg posted on its Facebook page, saying:
Temperatures have now fallen below the temperature at which salt will actively melt ice, so roads remain dangerously icy. If you don’t need to be out, please stay off of the roads. Four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles offer little help on ice.
If you must be out, reduce your speeds, increase your following distances, and break early. Be safe! Temperatures will continue to fall today and without warmer temperatures or sunshine the roads will not improve much beyond current conditions. Crews will continue plowing and laying down aggregate.City of Clarksburg
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This is a developing story. Check back later for updates as new information on road conditions becomes available.
12 News viewer Amber Barclay captures the video below, showing a bus attempt to go up an incline on Stewart Street in Morgantown, only to end up sliding back into a ditch.
In Marion County, there was a crash on I-79 Northbound at mile marker 132, according to WV511, as well as a crash at mile marker 134. Marion County Homeland Security & Emergency Management confirmed on Facebook that I-79 North near White Hall was temporarily closed due to “multiple accidents” but has since reopened.
Interstate 79 Southbound was shut down at mile marker 150 for a crash for a coule of hours, according to @WV511 on Twitter. Traffic was backed up to at least mile marker 153 due to the closure. It has since been cleared
Marion County Homeland Security and Emergency Management reported on its Facebook page that Interstate 79 northbound near the Kingmont Exit was temporarily closed Friday morning due to disabled tractor-trailers. It has since re-opened, according to the Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
The Valley Volunteer Fire Department shared the photos below:
Van Voorhis Road was shut down due to multiple disabled vehicles from icy road conditions, according to the Monongalia County Emergency Management Agency. It has since reopened.
In Fairview, Marion County, Rush’s Hill was closed Friday morning due to road conditions, according to Fairview Volunteer Fire Department. Click here for the latest.
In Clarksburg, crews are out as well. StormTracker 12 Meteorologist Josh Redwine took a look at road conditions right outside 12 News on W Pike Street.