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March 24, 2013



WATCH FOR CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS AS NIGHT FALLS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (5:30 p.m.) Snow is falling throughout the Shenandoah Valley. The storm is traveling from the south northward. Therefore conditions will deteriorate for travelers going from north to south this afternoon.

Warm road surface temperatures have melted most of the snow north of Rockbridge County, but as the sun sets motorists should be alert for changing road conditions.  Snow is expected to continue throughout the night and into the morning hours. Motorists should continue to use caution particularly roads in higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses.

Here are the road conditions as of 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 24.

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

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

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

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

Secondary Roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Bath, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.  Clear conditions in 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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