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STA10-034

Jan. 31, 2010



MOTORISTS SHOULD WATCH FOR BLACK ICE IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10 p.m.) Interstate and primary roads are mostly clear in the Shenandoah Valley tonight.  Road crews will be out this evening to watch for slick areas and refreezing.  Motorists should be alert for black ice and snow and icy patches on roadways. Extreme caution should be used if driving tonight.

Here are the road conditions as of 10 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

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

Interstate 81 – Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

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

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