Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 8, 2010
MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT MINOR TO MODERATE CONDITIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (11 a.m.) Very cold temperatures in the teens and twenties continue in the Shenandoah Valley. Last night’s light snowfall has produced snow and ice conditions on some primary and secondary roads. Virginia Department of Transportation road crews plowed and treated roadways throughout the Staunton District all night and continue to treat and monitor roadways today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these conditions. Here are road conditions as the noon hour approaches:
Interstate 64 in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties is clear.
Interstate 66 in Warren County is clear.
Interstate 81 in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties is clear.
On primary roads, moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath and Highland counties. Minor conditions are on Route 56 in Rockbridge County, Route 11 in Augusta County and on primary roads in Clarke, Page, Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Primary roads in Rockingham County are reported in clear condition.
Secondary roads are in moderate condition in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Clarke, Page, Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions are in Augusta, Rockbridge and Rockingham 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). 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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