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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA14-020

Jan. 21, 2014



ROAD SURFACE TEMPERATURES TO DIP INTO SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT

STAUNTON – (10:00 p.m.) Tonight into the early morning drivers in the Shenandoah Valley will face road surface temperatures in the single digits and blowing and drifting snow. Although Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be out treating and plowing roads, motorists should use extreme caution if traveling in the area this evening. Wet surfaces will refreeze and drifting snow may cover plowed roads and icy spots.

VDOT is utilizing roughly 800 pieces of snow-removal equipment throughout the Staunton District. Crews will focus efforts first on interstates and primary roads, then shift resources to secondary roads as conditions improve.

Here are the conditions as of 10:00 p.m.:

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

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

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

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

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

For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions.  In this box individual counties can be chosen to view. 

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts, traffic cameras and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  A 511 app is available for iOS and Android devices. 

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. 

Visit the VDOT winter weather page for information on snow removal and resources http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page 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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