Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 7, 2010
VDOT PREPARES FOR SNOW TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
STAUNTON – (2:30 p.m.) Snow is expected to fall later today and will continue through tomorrow morning in the Shenandoah Valley. The Virginia Department of Transportation encourages motorists who are driving during wintry weather to use extreme caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
Pre-treatment is underway on the interstate system throughout the Shenandoah Valley and on primary roads in portions of Augusta, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page counties.
Crews will be monitoring and treating roads with chemicals and abrasives as long as conditions exist.
Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. People should not drive unless absolutely necessary.
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• Check road conditions before you leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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