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March 14, 2017



AVOID TRAVEL IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON –  (10:00 p.m.) Snow has started in the Shenandoah Valley as of Monday night.  Light snow continues to fall steadily but road surface temperatures remain above freezing, leaving most road surfaces just wet. As the night continues temperatures are forecasted to decrease with heavy snow occurring in the overnight hours. Travel throughout the Shenandoah Valley should be avoided.

Motorists should anticipate the current clear and minor road conditions deteriorating to moderate conditions as the snow rate increases and temperatures drop during the nighttime hours.

People are asked not to park on neighborhood roads if possible to allow plows room to clear snow from roadways. The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District has 1200 pieces of equipment deployed to clear snow throughout the 11 county district, which includes Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

VDOT crews and contractors have been deployed throughout the Valley since late afternoon to begin plowing and treating roads when snow begins to accumulate on the pavement.

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 Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. 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.

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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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