Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 21, 2014
WINTER STORM BLANKETING MANY ROADS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (11:15 a.m.) The first major winter storm of the season is impacting travel throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Snowfall is expected to continue falling this afternoon and evening, leaving up to eight inches for most areas. The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Winds are forecast to pick up this afternoon, causing drifting and blowing snow. This could impair visibility for motorists, and re-coat roads that have already been plowed. In addition, extremely low temperatures tonight could cause re-freezing in some areas.
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 11:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Augusta County.
Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Page, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County.
Secondary Roads - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County.
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.
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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.