Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 20, 2014
TRAVEL NOT ADVISED ON TUESDAY IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – The Shenandoah Valley region in western Virginia is under a winter storm warning on Tuesday. Snow up to eight inches is forecasted in this area beginning in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday and extending into late afternoon or early evening. Amounts of up to ten inches are forecasted for the higher elevations.
If possible travelers should plan to shelter in place and avoid driving in the Shenandoah Valley on Tuesday. The snow is predicted to begin as a wet snow but turn into a powdery snow by the end of the storm. Forecasted high winds could cause drifting or blowing snow. Motorists should be aware that even if a road is plowed, winds could cover the road again with blowing snow.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be working beginning at midnight tonight to monitor and perform winter weather operations once the snow begins. Crews will continue to work throughout the storm and after to ensure roads are treated and plowed.
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.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts, traffic cameras and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. A 511 app is available for iOS and Android devices.
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.
Visit the VDOT winter weather page for information on snow removal and resources http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp .
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.