Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 14, 2013
SNOW BEGINNING TO IMPACT SATURDAY TRAVEL IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (6 a.m.) The latest winter storm has begun to spread across the Staunton District, bringing snow and mixed precipitation in some areas. The Virginia Department of Transportation on Friday pre-treated interstates throughout the Shenandoah Valley to minimize icing. Crews and contractors have been on duty since midnight, and will be plowing and treating roadways as needed. The storm is expected to continue for much of the day on Saturday, and motorists should be alert for slippery conditions.
Here are the road conditions as of 6 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
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.
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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