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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Dec. 8, 2013



FREEZING RAIN COATS ROADS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10:00 p.m.) Moderate rainfall is occurring in the Shenandoah Valley tonight.  With temperatures just below freezing, motorists can expect icy conditions on some roadways.  Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out in full force and will continue treating roads throughout the night.  Travel is not advised in the Valley region tonight.

If travel is necessary, be sure to check www.511Virginia.org for locations of incidents and road conditions. 

Here are the 10 p.m. road conditions:

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

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

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

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

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Bath, Alleghany, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page, Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County.

For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions.  In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.  Also on the 511 website, in the legend box to the left on the map page be sure to click “Road Conditions Layer” to see the color coded road condition map.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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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