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Traffic is now being allowed to head south of Princeton on I-77. While the road is now open, motorists should expect delays and use caution as roads may be icy.

 The Virginia Department of Transportation updated their information as well.  They said that  I-77 South between the West Virginia line and the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel has been cleared. Traffic has been released at the East River Mountain Tunnel and is now flowing south out of West Virginia.

Lines of traffic will likely be back open West Virginia will take time to clear but is in motion.

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Troubles continue for travelers on Interstate 77 hours after the snow stopped falling.

 

While roads are clear for the most part in West Virginia, officials with the Department of Transportation in Virginia have shut down the southbound lanes off and on throughout the night causing back ups into the Mountain State.

511Virginia.org is showing that the interstate is closed at Mile Marker 56.  In West Virginia the road is closed at Mile Marker 9.  All southbound traffic is being diverted onto U.S. Route 460 in Princeton due to an accident. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's 511.org website shows they hope to have the wreck cleared by around 11 a.m. 

Turnpike and DOH crews will be monitoring traffic during the morning commute. If any back ups should occur, they may start diverting traffic at the Camp Creek Exit 20.

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Several accidents in Virginia has shut down I-77 for about 9 miles. 

The Virginia tunnel at the West Virginia state line will be shutdown periodically through the night to allow Virginia crews to clear the accident scenes.  That is according to a press release sent to 59 News from the WV Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on I-77 South into Virginia.

Several tractor trailer accidents earlier in the night caused problems for drivers on I-77 in Mercer County.

Stay with 59 News for updates. 

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Traffic is bumper to bumper in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 as travelers deal with snow and ice from a winter storm that moved through southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17.

The West Virginia Division of Highways traffic website wv511.org shows that traffic is still moving slowly at the Princeton exit (Exit 9).  You can see the view from their traffic camera.  The camera at mile marker 4.5 shows clear sailing in the Northbound lanes, and the southbound lanes now seem to be flowing normally.

According to officials from the West Virginia Turnpike authority the traffic back-up was caused by seven different tractor-trailers which had jack-knifed along the road.

Officials continue to advise people to stay off the roads unless they need to be out.  Wet roads could become black ice as the temperatures fall overnight.  Watch for updates from the StormTracker weather team on what to expect in the coming hours.

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Emergency dispatchers are reporting accidents and stranded drivers across Summers and Mercer Counties. 

 

Interstate 77 has reported accidents for the past several hours from the West Virginia/Virginia border up past the Athens exit.  There are also reports of stranded drivers along Route 20 in both Mercer and Summers counties.

Emergency Management offices all across the area are recommending that people stay off the roads unless they must go out.

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The traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike in Mercer County has shifted from the southbound lanes to the northbound side.  According to the West Virginia Division of Highways 511 website, an accident at mile marker 10 headed south is now cleaned up, but the there is now an accident slowing down people headed north.

The accident is located near the Athens exit at mile marker 14.5.  One lane is reportedly closed.  That has lead to heavy traffic all the way back across the state border.

The camera on the wv511.org website that is located at mile marker 4.5 shows a tractor trailer stopped in the right hand lane of on the northbound side.  Officials warn people to stay off the roads unless you need to go out. If you have to go out, check on conditions before you leave.

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The West Virginia Division of Highways is reporting an accident on Interstate 77.

According to the West Virginia 511 website the accident is in the southbound lanes near mile marker 10.  That is just north of the Princeton exit.