The director of Surry County Emergency Services confirmed a tractor-trailer has jackknifed on Interstate 77 near mile 86. A second tractor-trailer also has jackknifed in the Mount Airy area.
“Get off the roads. Stay off the roads. You are actually making response more difficult by being on the road,” said Emergency Services Director John Shelton.
“We are looking at whiteout conditions. We are doing the best we can to respond to emergency situations. We have three trucks here from the National Guard and another one on its way. We have trucks trying to push through, but vehicles are getting in our way. Just stay off the roads,” he said.
No further information on the accident on I-77 is available at this time.
According to Surry County 911, officials indicated that the dispatch center is receiving many calls regarding stranded motorists.
In Elkin, Public Works officials are out plowing.
“We’re working 24 hours a day right now. Roads are being cleared as fast as possible. It’s best to stay off the roads and let the crews work. If you have no reason to be out in the street today, you shouldn’t,” said a spokeswoman for the department.
Despite the inclement weather, Town Hall was open for normal hours today.
“We have had zero visitors or citizens this morning,” reported Town Manager Lloyd Payne.
“We highly encourage our residents to stay home and out of the weather. Our town crews will be working today and all of tonight to ensure the town streets are cleared, once the snow stops. Stay home, stay warm, check on your neighbors, and enjoy the snow safely.”
The Elkin branch for the United States Postal Service said mail is being delivered, but may not make it to all houses.
“It depends. It’s rough out there and we’re making every effort,” said an employee at the downtown office.
Also, The Elkin Tribune will publish Friday, but due to inclement weather, newspaper delivery could be delayed.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @NewsGonz.