Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 6, 2010
SNOW CAUSES HAZARDOUS ROADS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5:45 a.m.) Heavy snowfall has created severe road conditions in portions of the Shenandoah Valley. Gusting winds are also expected during the day which may cause snow to drift back onto plowed roadways.
The Virginia Department of Transportation continues warning motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary. VDOT crews and contractors are out plowing and treating roads and will continue to as long as conditions exist.
As of last night, many truck stops along Interstate 81 have reached full capacity. The ramps to exit 291 on Interstate 81 are closed and the Wilco Hess Truck Stop at that exit is full. This location is at Route 651/Toms Brook. The Pilot Truck Stop at exit 213 in Greenville in Augusta County is at capacity as is the Flying J Truck Stop at exit 296 in Frederick County. Ramps to exit 323 north of Winchester are closed.
Early Saturday Morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 66 – Severe conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties, including Afton Mountain.
Interstate 81 – Severe conditions in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Moderate conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Primary roads are in severe condition in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Warren and Page counties.
Secondary roads in severe condition in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Highland 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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