Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 10, 2010
SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE IN NORTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
Strong Winds Causing Significant Drifting of Snow
STAUNTON – (10 a.m.) Extremely strong winds in the northern portion of the Shenandoah Valley have caused significant drifting of snow onto plowed and treated roads. Motorists should not drive in this area. Visibility is very poor.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors are focused on keeping Interstate and primary roads passable in Frederick and Shenandoah counties. This does not indicate that bare pavement will be present.
Severe conditions are reported on primary and secondary roads in Frederick County. Considerable accumulations of snow or ice are blocking the roadway and conditions are hazardous. Some roads are impassable in the vicinity.
Interstate 81 is in moderate condition in Shenandoah and Frederick counties, with snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway. Primary and secondary roads in Shenandoah County are also listed in moderate condition.
Wednesday Mid-morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockingham County.
Primary roads – Severe conditions in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Shenandoah, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Rockingham County.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, Page and Clarke counties.
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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