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STA17-195

Dec. 8, 2017



VDOT PREPARES SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS FOR POTENTIAL WINTER WEATHER

STAUNTON – (11:20 a.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is performing anti-icing operations on Shenandoah Valley interstate and some primary roads during the day on Friday. Weather forecasts indicate possible snow for the area late Friday and on Saturday.

Drivers should give the brine trucks plenty of room as crews treat roads. The brine applied helps prevent snow and ice from bonding onto the road surface. Road temperatures are expected to remain mostly above freezing during the day, but overnight snow and ice may accumulate, especially on ramps, bridges and other elevated surfaces.

VDOT crews will be deployed and monitoring roadways on Friday and into Saturday. Crews will begin to plow and treat roads as needed once winter weather arrives. Drivers should be prepared for slushy conditions on some roadways.

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 statewide Twitter messages can be found at @VaDOT. The nine districts can be found at:Hampton Roads @VaDOTHR; Richmond @VaDOTRVA; Northern Virginia @VaDOTNOVA; Fredericksburg @VaDOTFred; Culpeper @VaDOTCulp; Lynchburg @VaDOTLynchburg; Bristol @VaDOTBristol; Salem @VaDOTSalem; Staunton @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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