Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 11, 2010
MOTORISTS ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION
Winds Continue to Blow Snow onto Roadways
STAUNTON – (5 a.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) advises motorists to use extreme caution when driving this morning in the Shenandoah Valley. Strong winds in parts of the Valley can blow snow back onto plowed and treated roadways and make visibility difficult.
Some roads in Frederick and Warren counties are closed this morning due to drifting snow. VDOT crews and contractors continue to treat and plow roads. Travel is not recommended unless it is absolutely necessary.
Early Thursday Morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Augusta counties. Clear in Rockbridge County.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Primary roads – Severe to moderate conditions in Highland County. Severe to minor conditions in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Rockbridge and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary roads – Many roads are closed in Frederick and Warren Counties. Severe conditions in Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland and Rockingham counties.
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.
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