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Dec. 8, 2009



ICY CONDITIONS PREVAIL IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10:30 P.M.) Freezing rain and sleet continue to fall in the Shenandoah Valley.  Roads are being treated by Virginia Department of Transportation crews.  Motorists are advised not to drive in the area unless it is necessary.  When driving, motorists should allow extra time for their trip and leave plenty of room between vehicles on the roadway.

Here are the late night road conditions for Tuesday:

Interstate 66 –  Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, and Augusta counties.

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

Primary roads  - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties.  Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Page and Clarke counties.

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties.  Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Clarke, and Page counties.

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.

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Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.  Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.  Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.  Driving with caution is recommended

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