Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 5, 2010
SNOW BEGINS TO FALL IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (6 a.m.) Snow began to fall early this morning in the southern portion of the Shenandoah Valley. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out monitoring and treating roads as needed.
Interstate, primary and secondary roads are listed in moderate condition in Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties. Augusta County is reporting minor conditions.
VDOT is recommending motorists not travel during the snow storm unless it is absolutely necessary. Significant snowfall is forecasted for today and tomorrow. VDOT plows and contractors will be out plowing and treating the roads but conditions will still be hazardous during periods of heavy snowfall.
Drivers are requested to park their vehicles in driveways or off state maintained roads, where possible. This prevents vehicles from getting plowed-in along the roadside and greatly assists plow operators with snow removal efforts.
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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