Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 21, 2015
SNOW BRINGS TREACHEROUS TRAVEL TO SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5 p.m.) Travel conditions are treacherous throughout the Shenandoah Valley with road conditions ranging from severe to moderate. Severe conditions mean the roads have drifting or are partially blocked. Snow tires or chains are necessary. Moderate conditions mean snow or ice can be found on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Travel is strongly discouraged during this storm.
Heavy snow continues to pummel the Valley region. The winter weather began around dawn and has continued throughout the day leaving five inches to a foot of snow in most locations. Visibility is limited with the snow and arriving dusk light.
Weather forecasts indicate that sleet followed by rain could occur tonight in the Shenandoah Valley. This may lead to very icy conditions followed by possible flooding, depending on rain amounts.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out plowing and treating roadways. The Staunton District has 900 pieces of equipment deployed. Crews will continue to work in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours-a-day. Interstate roads and primary roads will be plowed first, followed by secondary roads. VDOT’s goal is to have at least one pass on all roads within 48 hours after a storm has ended.
Here are the road conditions as of 5 p.m.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Severe conditions in Rockbridge County. Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Severe conditions in Bath, Highland, Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads - Severe conditions in Bath, Highland, Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Moderate conditions in 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 also are available at 511Virginia.org. On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.
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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