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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA18-030

Feb. 7, 2018



FREEZING RAIN CREATES HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (4 a.m.) A winter storm is bringing freezing rain to western Virginia early Wednesday morning, creating dangerous black ice on many roadways. Patches of ice are already reported in the central Shenandoah Valley, and freezing rain is likely to spread to other areas before most motorists begin their morning commute. The Virginia Department of Transportation advises against unnecessary travel until road and air temperatures rise well above freezing.

VDOT has had crews on duty since midnight Tuesday to monitor conditions and apply chemicals as needed. Here are the road conditions as of 4:00 a.m. Wednesday in the 11-county VDOT Staunton District:

Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.

Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear in Rockbridge, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Primary roads – Minor conditions in Bath, Augusta, Rockingham and Page counties. Clear in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Highland, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.

Secondary roads – Minor conditions in Bath, Augusta, Rockingham and Page counties. Clear in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Highland, 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 Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

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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