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March 6, 2013



SHENANDOAH VALLEY DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR LATE MORNING ON MARCH 6

STAUNTON – (11:30 a.m.) Heavy wet snow continues to fall throughout the Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday. Winds have also increased in the area. All interstate and primary roads are in moderate conditions.  Secondary road conditions range from moderate to severe.

Travel is not advised in this area unless absolutely necessary.Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been out plowing and treating the roads since 8 p.m. on Tuesday and will continue 24-hour operations throughout the storm.

Here are the road conditions as of 11:30 a.m.

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Secondary Roads – Severe conditions in Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, and Page counties.  Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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.

VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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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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