Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 5, 2010
ICING CONDITIONS BEGINNING TO MATERIALIZE ON ROADS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (6:15 p.m.) Icing conditions are beginning to materialize on Shenandoah Valley roadways. Road temperatures have hovered around freezing all day, but with the onset of nightfall, road temperatures are rapidly lowering below the freezing mark.
Roads showing bare pavement may be icy in some areas. Motorists are advised not to drive. If driving is necessary, extreme caution should be used. Drivers should plan for extra time to get to their destinations.
Road conditions are expected to deteriorate as heavy snow and high winds enter the region overnight. Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors are fully deployed and will continue plowing and treating roads throughout the storm.
It is critical during periods of heavy snow and high winds that motorists stay off the roads and let the plows do their work. Travelers are advised to leave the roadway area and seek parking areas and safe shelter during the storm. Wherever possible, vehicles should be parked in driveways, parking lots or off-road parking and not on the state maintained roads. VDOT is also asking drivers not to pull off and park on the interstate and primary road shoulders.
Road conditions are currently in moderate condition throughout the Shenandoah Valley but could deteriorate to severe in some areas if heavy snow and high winds occur.
Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. 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). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For a chart of 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.
Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor – Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution
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