Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 24, 2015
SATURDAY MORNING TRAVEL COULD BE HAZARDOUS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5:45 a.m.) Motorists should be alert for potentially icy roads on Saturday morning. Snow, sleet and freezing rain have been falling throughout most of the Shenandoah Valley region and are expected to continue for much of the day. Ice may be especially prevalent in higher elevations as well as bridges and untreated surfaces.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been deployed on 12-hour shifts since Friday. They will continue to treat roadways as needed throughout the 11 counties of the VDOT Staunton District.
Here are the road conditions as of 5:45 a.m. Saturday:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany County. Clear conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Highland County. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Page and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear 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 and traveler information also are available at 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.
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.
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