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Motorist urged to avoid Blue Ridge Parkway

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 10:27pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - The National Park Service is asking motorists to avoid traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway over the next several days until weather conditions improve.

In a news release on Wednesday, officials said they are concerned that a large numbers of trees may come down as a result of superstorm Sandy. They also are concerned about significant amounts of snowfall at higher elevations.

All gated sections of the scenic highway in Virginia have been closed and officials expect them to remain closed through at least Wednesday. Motorists are being asked not to travel on un-gated sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway for fear that they risk getting stranded or injured.

The road stretches 469 miles across North Carolina and Virginia and attracts nearly 20 million visitors each year.


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