Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 4, 2018
WINTRY MIX MAKING SOME SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS SLIPPERY ON SUNDAY MORNING
STAUNTON – (8:45 a.m.) Winter weather on Sunday morning is beginning to create slick spots on roads in parts of the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highland Highlands. Snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to continue for several hours before changing to rain later in the day.
Motorists should be alert for patches of ice or snow, particularly on secondary roads as well as bridges and overpasses. Icing is also expected on Sunday night when temperatures fall back below freezing.
The Virginia Department of Transportation pre-treated Interstates 81 and 64 in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Crews throughout the 11-county VDOT Staunton District will plow or treat roadways as needed for the duration of the winter storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 8:45 a.m. on February 4:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Clear in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Bath counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Highland and Augusta counties. Clear in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath and Augusta counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Highland counties. Clear in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
For winter weather road conditions go to http://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.
On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.
The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).
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 http://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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