Skyline Drive in wintertime

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park can look like a winter wonderland.

Temperatures are forecast to fall to near freezing tonight along the Blue Ridge Mountains, VDOT announced Saturday night.

Beginning late Saturday night, precipitation may change to freezing rain early Sunday morning, VDOT said in a statement. The combination of near-freezing temperatures and freezing rain may make roads slick at high elevations.

The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists planning to travel across Central Virginia’s mountain passes – Interstate 64 and U.S. 250, 33, 211 and 522 – to drive with extreme caution since icy conditions and thick fog may develop before dawn.

Overnight, VDOT will have crews on duty on the mountain passes and nearby roads at higher elevations. After sunrise Sunday, temperatures will rise above freezing and daytime precipitation will change back to rain, VDOT said.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

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