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STA10-043

Feb. 5, 2010



ROADS IN MODERATE TO MINOR CONDITON IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (4 p.m.) Snow has been falling in the Shenandoah Valley during the daylight hours today.  Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors are fully deployed plowing and treating roads.  VDOT is urging the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary.  Colder temperatures and a forecasted increase in snow intensity for the nighttime hours could create very hazardous driving conditions.

Here are the road conditions for early evening:

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions from mile-marker 0 to 16 in Alleghany County and all of Augusta County including Afton Mountain.  Minor conditions from mile-markers 15 to 41 in Alleghany County and all of Rockbridge County.

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

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

Secondary roads are in moderate condition in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.  Minor conditions are in Page County.

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.

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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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