Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 5, 2010
ROADS SNOW COVERED IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (10 p.m.) Road conditions continue to deteriorate in the Shenandoah Valley as midnight approaches. Moderate to heavy snowfall plus gusting winds have caused plowed roadways to remain snow covered.
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.
Many truck stops along Interstate 81 have full lots or are close to having full lots. The Pilot Truck Stop at exit 213 in Greenville in Augusta County is full as is the Flying J Truck Stop at exit 296 in Frederick County. Ramps to exit 323 north of Winchester are closed.
Here are the road conditions for tonight:
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties, including Afton Mountain.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads are in severe condition in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Clarke, Warren and Page counties.
Secondary roads are in moderate condition 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.
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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