Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice To Area

Editor's note: The following is the latest from VDOT:-

 A messy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is making roads dangerously slick throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. As of mid-day Thursday, February 18, all roads including interstates and primary routes are in moderate condition. This means that snow, ice or slush covers a major portion of the roadway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to avoid non-essential travel. Those who must drive should adjust their speed for the weather conditions, and allow for much longer stopping distances.

VDOT crews and contractors are plowing and treating roads throughout the 11-county Staunton District. VDOT first plows interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, or those with high traffic volumes. Secondary roads and subdivision streets are treated in the event of a multi-day storm, but crews focus initially on roadways that are traveled most.

Here are the road conditions as of 11 a.m. Thursday:

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

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

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

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.

Visit 511Virginia.org to view pavement temperatures, traffic cameras and color-coded maps of road conditions. For conditions in your specific county, click on the Text Views tab and choose the Road Conditions Table on the drop-down menu.

On the go? Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for Android or iOS devices. Obtain traffic alerts and traveler information by dialing 511.

The Staunton District Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

 

 

Thursday, 9 a.m. - Freezing rain and sleet are falling in the Rockbridge area after the latest winter storm dropped an inch or so of snow overnight.

Among the offices closed today are those for the city of Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, as well as the Rockbridge Area Health Center and Rockbridge Area Community Services. The health center is set to reopen at 10 Friday morning.

Wednesday - One of the largest winter storms to impact the Shenandoah Valley in several years is forecast to begin in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, February 18, and continue into the day on Thursday. The snow may be followed by a mix of snow, sleet and ice. Driving conditions are expected to be extremely treacherous and travel should be delayed during this storm. Snowfall rates could be 1 to 2 inches an hour, approaching whiteout conditions.

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District performed brining operations on interstate and other high traffic roads on Wednesday. The Staunton District will have crews pre-staged during the night and will begin road clearing operations as soon as the winter weather arrives. There will be 900 pieces of equipment deployed within the district for snow and ice removal in addition to 1400 people involved in snow removal operations. Snow operations will be 24/7 with crews working 12-hour shifts. Heavy wreckers will also be staged along portions of Interstate 81 and Interstate 64. Additional contractor crews will be used for tree and branch removal from roadways resulting from ice and heavy snow.

VDOT first plows interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, or those with high traffic volumes. Secondary roads and subdivision streets are treated in the event of a multi-day storm, but crews focus initially on roadways that are traveled most.

Travelers can monitor road conditions on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org. The 511 map can display road conditions, traffic cameras, road surface temperatures and more.  Roads with snow and ice conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed. This information can also be accessed on the 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can also be obtained by dialing 511.

To obtain a text listing of road conditions on 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.

 

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