Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 11, 2010
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS STILL EXIST IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
Blowing and Drifting Snow Causing Road Closures
STAUNTON – (11 a.m.) Blowing and drifting snow in the Shenandoah Valley continue to create travel hazards. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) advises motorists not drive in this area. Strong winds are pushing snow back onto plowed and treated roadways, creating dangerous driving conditions and causing road closures.
Road closures exist this morning in Frederick, Warren, Rockingham, Bath and Alleghany counties due to the drifting snow. VDOT crews and contractors continue with snow removal operations. Motorists are reminded that plowed roads can be re-covered by blowing and drifting snow.
Thursday Mid-morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Primary roads – Severe to minor conditions in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Highland, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Shenandoah County. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary roads – Numerous closures in Frederick, Warren, Rockingham, Bath and Alleghany counties. Severe conditions in Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland and Rockingham counties.
Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. People who are driving in winter road conditions should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For a chart of winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org site, look to the left side of the page and click on the “Road Conditions” bar. A map will appear with color coded roads. Right above the map is a link reading: “Click here for a list of road conditions, including secondary roads”. Click on this link, then in the drop-down box click on the desired county or Virginia statewide. A text box of road conditions will appear.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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