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STA-050

March 1, 2009



HIGH WIND GUSTS AND SNOW CAUSE TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS ON AFTON MOUNTAIN

STAUNTON – 11:50 P.M. Motorists driving on Afton Mountain need to use extreme caution tonight. Wind gusts exceeding 40 miles-per-hour with sustained winds between 10 and 20 miles-per-hour are occurring tonight on Afton Mountain. This location is on Interstate 64 in Augusta and Albemarle counties.

Snow has been falling in the area throughout the night. Conditions on Afton Mountain are moderate. This means that snow or ice is located on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.

Motorists, especially those in high profile vehicles, should use extreme caution in this area and travel should only be attempted if absolutely necessary.

Here are the reported road conditions as of 9:30 p.m. Motorists should be aware that as the snow spreads through the Valley some areas reporting clear conditions could rapidly change to minor or moderate conditions. High winds in the area may also cause blowing snow on roadways.
 
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta County. Minor conditions in Rockingham County. Clear conditions in Frederick and Shenandoah counties.

Minor conditions are reported on primary roads in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Clarke and Frederick counties. Clear conditions are in Page, Warren and Shenandoah counties.

Moderate conditions are reported on secondary roads in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions are on secondary roads in Alleghany, Bath, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Clarke, Page, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Clear conditions are in Warren County.

Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. People should not drive unless absolutely necessary. People who are driving in winter road conditions should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org site, look to the left side of the page and click on the “Road Conditions” bar. A map will appear with color coded roads. Right above the map is a link reading: “Click here for a list of road conditions, including secondary roads”. Click on this link, then in the drop-down box click on the desired county or Virginia statewide. A text box of road conditions will appear.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.


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