Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 14, 2009
MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT OF POTENTIAL ICY CONDITIONS
STAUNTON – (6:30 a.m.) Motorists are advised to watch for potential black ice patches this morning after overnight temperatures reached below freezing in portions of the Shenandoah Valley.
When driving, motorists should allow extra time for their trip and leave plenty of room between vehicles on the roadway. People should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
Black ice, also known as “glare ice” or “clear ice,” refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on the road. While not truly black, it is transparent, allowing you to see the asphalt pavement through it. Black ice often occurs along with wet roads, making it hard to see and especially hazardous for driving or walking.
VDOT crews are out monitoring and treating roads.
Here are the morning road conditions for Monday:
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, Warren and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, Warren and Clarke counties.
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