Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 22, 2016
WINTER STORM ALREADY MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS
STAUNTON – (11:15 a.m.) A major winter storm expected to drop two feet of snow on the Shenandoah Valley is already creating dangerous driving conditions. Snowfall moved into the valley early this morning and continues to overspread the region from south to north.
The Virginia Department of Transportation urges the public to stay off the roads during the storm, which is expected to continue through Saturday night. Having fewer vehicles on the road will help plows do their job quicker.
More than 1,000 pieces of equipment are working to plow roads in the 11-county VDOT Staunton District. VDOT employees and contractors will continue snow operations around the clock until all roads are clear. VDOT’s goal is make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the end of a winter storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 11:15 a.m. Friday in the VDOT Staunton District:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Minor conditions in Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Bath counties. Minor conditions in Highland and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Bath counties. Minor conditions in Highland and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke 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.
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.
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.