Britt Drewes Farrar 804-225-4491
Feb. 9, 2010
VDOT WARNS OF POTENTIAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS DUE TO STRONG WIND GUSTS
Motorists Urged to Stay Off Roads During Tuesday Night and Wednesday
STAUNTON – (5 p.m.) Snow is falling across the northwest region of the state. Strong wind gusts are forecasted overnight and into Wednesday - causing possible whiteout conditions. The combination makes travel even more dangerous, and motorists are advised not to travel in these conditions.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors are working continuously throughout the night to plow and treat roadways. Drivers should be aware that strong winds will cause snow to drift, potentially re-covering plowed and treated roads.
Tuesday Late Afternoon Road Conditions:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Clear conditions in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.
Primary roads –Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions in Bath County.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Highland 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 www.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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