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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA16-233

Dec. 29, 2016



ICY ROADS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (4:30 a.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting icy patches on some roads in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands, the result of freezing rain and sleet early this morning (Thursday, December 29). Freezing rain is especially dangerous because it creates an icy glaze, particularly elevated surfaces such as bridges and ramps.

As of 4:30 Thursday morning, minor conditions are reported on roads in Bath, Frederick, Highland, Shenandoah and Warren counties including portions of Interstates 81 and 66. VDOT crews are monitoring and treating roads as needed throughout the 11-county Staunton District.

No driving should occur in areas where ice is present. If ice is covering steps, sidewalks and driveways and it is difficult to stand without falling, chances are good that vehicles will slip and slide on icy roadways making for extremely dangerous conditions.

Motorists should postpone their travel plans until surface temperatures climb well above freezing later Thursday morning. Another round of winter weather is possible Thursday night and Friday, and VDOT advises drivers to be alert to changing conditions.

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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