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March 17, 2013



SUNDAY NIGHT CLEAR ROADS MAY GIVE WAY TO MONDAY MORNING PROBLEMS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10 p.m.) Sunday daytime and early evening light snowfall in the Shenandoah Valley has left grassy areas covered, but most roads are reported in clear condition.  Recent warm temperatures have helped keep road surfaces above freezing and allowing snow to melt.  However, the storm system may intensify overnight into the morning hours.  Motorists should check conditions before traveling on Valley roads on Monday morning.

Here are the road conditions as of 10 p.m. on Sunday night, March 17.

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

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

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

Primary Roads- Minor conditions in Highland and Rockingham counties.  Clear conditions are in Bath, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren Clarke and Page counties.

Secondary Roads - Minor conditions in Highland and Rockingham counties.  Clear conditions are in Bath, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren Clarke and Page counties.

For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org, 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.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.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.

VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT webpage 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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