Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 29, 2011
ROADS ARE CLEARING IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – Road conditions continue to rapidly improve following the departure of an unseasonal snow and ice storm that began on Friday shortly after sunset. Motorist traveling in the area after sunset should be aware of possible subfreezing temperatures and scattered icy patches. Here are the road conditions as of 5 p.m. on Oct.29:
Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County
Interstate 64 – Clear in Augusta, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 81 – Clear in Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta and Rockbridge counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland County. Minor conditions in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, and Page counties.
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.
Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor – Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution
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