Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 15, 2015
ICE AND HIGH WINDS CREATE POTENTIAL HAZARDS ON SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS
STAUNTON – (5:45 a.m) Single-digit temperatures and high winds have followed Saturday’s snow squalls, creating dangerous driving conditions on many roads in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been treating roadways as needed, but even treated surfaces can have ice on them because of the extremely low temperatures.
High winds are expected to persist on Sunday, which can lead to blowing snow and the potential for fallen trees and limbs. Drivers should use extreme caution, especially those with high-profile vehicles.
Here are the road conditions as of 5:45 a.m. on Sunday:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Minor conditions in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties. Minor to Moderate conditions in Frederick County. Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Page and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, 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.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 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.
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.
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