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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA11-018

Jan. 26, 2011



MODERATE CONDITIONS ARE ON ALL SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS

STAUNTON – (4 P.M.) Snow has been falling in the Shenandoah Valley all afternoon.  Several areas also received sleet and freezing rain earlier today, making road conditions very hazardous.  Motorists should avoid travel if possible.  If traveling in the area this afternoon and tonight, be aware of rapidly changing road conditions.

Here are the road conditions as of 4 p.m.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Secondary roads - Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated.  People should not drive unless absolutely necessary.  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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Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor –  Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution

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