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April 4, 2013
SOUTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY FEELS EFFECTS OF LATE SEASON STORM
STAUNTON – (9:45 p.m.) A late season winter weather system moved through southwestern Virginia late this afternoon and into the evening. In the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District the storm brought snow, sleet and rain particularly to the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley.
Motorists should expect winter driving conditions and drive with caution. Most roads in the area are in moderate to minor condition. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out in the affected areas plowing and treating the roadways. Crews will continue their work throughout the night.
Motorists should continue to use caution particularly roads in higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses. These are the areas that will be prone to overnight refreezing.
Here are the road conditions:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Clear conditions in Augusta County although fog is reported on Afton Mountain.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Bath, and Alleghany counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page counties.
Secondary Roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Bath and Alleghany counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page 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.
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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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