Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 19, 2012
SNOW ENTERING SOUTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (4:15 p.m.) Snow has started to fall in the southern Shenandoah Valley including the counties of Rockbridge, Alleghany, Bath, Highland and Augusta. Road conditions are mostly in minor conditions. Moderate conditions are possible in areas of higher elevation.
Road surface temperatures remain above freezing, so snow is tending to melt on the roads. In non-treated areas slush is possible. Motorists should drive with extreme caution in these areas.
Icing conditions on roads could occur tonight if surface temperatures dip below freezing. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out this afternoon and will remain out all night to treat and plow roads as necessary.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org, 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.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.
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The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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