STAUNTON (4AM)- A dangerous combination of freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow will impact Shenandoah Valley roads today. The late-winter storm is expected to bring ice during the morning commute and up to 10 inches of wet snow by this evening. People should avoid all but emergency travel until conditions improve.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are working 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads. Roughly 900 pieces of snow-removal equipment will be deployed during this storm, and will focus initially on interstate and primary routes. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends
Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m. Monday:
Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Highland County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties,
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Highland County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
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.