Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 1, 2010
WATCH FOR SLICK AREAS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5 a.m.) Motorists are advised to use extreme caution while driving this morning. Low overnight temperatures caused moisture on roads to refreeze in some areas. Drivers should be alert for black ice particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
Early Morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 81 – Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland and Page counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties
Winter Weather Driving Tips:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary
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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