VDOT News - Staunton
Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 20, 2018
FIRST DAY OF SPRING BRINGS RAIN SNOW AND SLEET TO THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (11:15 a.m.) Snow, sleet and rain continue to produce varying road conditions throughout the Shenandoah Valley as the noon hour approaches on Tuesday, March 20. Motorists should expect changing driving conditions during today’s daylight hours and deteriorating conditions tonight as heavy wet snow is forecasted for the entire region. The northern Shenandoah Valley is expected to receive the most snow.
Roads were not pretreated with brine for this storm due to the storm beginning as rain. Pavement temperatures have been well above freezing over the last several days and continue to remain above freezing in many areas today. Once the snow begins, drivers should expect icy and slushy conditions on untreated roads. Extreme caution and extra travel time will be needed for all travel throughout the region. All travelers are asked to use seatbelts, which can be lifesaving in many crashes.
Tree removal crews are on standby in the Staunton District to assist with roads blocked by fallen trees or limbs.
Here are the road conditions as of 11:15 a.m. in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District:
Interstate 64 – Clear in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Clarke and Highland counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Warren and Highland counties. Clear conditions in Bath, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District has crews deployed on continuous 12-hour shifts throughout the district’s 11 counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties. Crews will monitor and treat roads throughout the weather event. VDOT’s goal is to have at least one pass by plows completed on all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.
Travelers are asked to monitor local weather forecasts and to avoid driving if possible during the snow storm. VDOT crews will be out to plow and treat roads as the winter weather begins.
Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.
Road condition definitions:
Closed – Road is closed to all traffic.
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
For a text listing of winter weather road conditions go to http://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.
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