Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Jan. 3, 2012
I-81 NORTHBOUND IS CLOSED BETWEEN EXIT 240 AND EXIT 245
10 a.m. Update
STAUNTON – Interstate 81 is closed northbound between exit 240 and exit 245 in Rockingham County. Exit 240 is at the Mount Crawford and Bridgewater area at Route 257. Exit 245 is at Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg. Motorists are being detoured off at exit 240 to Route 257 and then to Route 11 and then to Port Republic Road to re-enter I-81 northbound at exit 245, next to James Madison University.
This closure is to allow crews to clean up multiple accidents in this area.
Intense snow squalls have passed through the northern Shenandoah Valley area.
Road conditions deteriorated rapidly this morning causing numerous accidents in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area as well as in Shenandoah County. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out treating roads. Motorists are advised to travel at reduced speeds during these weather events and to leave plenty of space for braking and stopping.
Here are the road conditions as of 10 a.m.
Expect moderate to minor conditions on all roads in Bath, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties.
Clear conditions are showing in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Page and Clarke counties.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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