Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 20, 2012
SHENANDOAH VALLEY EXPERIENCES FRIDAY NIGHT SNOW
STAUNTON – Snow and sleet are falling in the Shenandoah Valley Friday night. Road conditions are mostly clear to minor as the storm continues through the area. Moderate conditions can be found on roads in the higher elevations in Bath and Highland counties. Conditions may rapidly deteriorate especially in the northern Shenandoah Valley where the main line of precipitation is located. Precipitation began shortly after sunset.
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.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been mobilized and are treating and plowing roads. Much of the interstate system and some primary roads were treated earlier today and yesterday with anti-icing chemicals. This helps to prevent ice from forming and bonding to the road surface.
To assist snow plows, particularly in neighborhoods and side streets, people are asked, if possible, to park their vehicles in a driveway or other area that is off the street.
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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