VDOT: Travelers Can Expect Heavy Snow in the Shenandoah Valley

STAUNTON – Heavy wet snow is forecasted to arrive in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday night and into the day on Monday. Forecasters are anticipating six inches or more will cover the entire valley region. Motorists should avoid travel late tonight and on Monday, especially in the morning hours.

Citizens are advised to shelter in place during this weather event. Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be monitoring and treating roadways during the night and into Monday. They will work 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day with the goal of making at least one pass on all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Similar to the March 3 snow event, this weather system is forecasted to begin as rain and then change over to snow. As with the March 3 event, crews will not be pre-treating the roads due to this forecasted rain. Unlike the March 3 event, temperatures will be at levels where salt and brine can be effective. Plus temperatures later in the week are forecasted to be well above freezing during the day, making for quicker melting.

People with questions about service to their individual roads can call the VDOT customer service center at 1-800-367-7623. Citizens can place a service request if their road has not been plowed after 48 hours from the end of the storm.

VDOT will plow interstate and primary roads first and then the more heavily traveled secondary roads. This storm will bring ice and heavy wet snow, making for difficult plowing operations. Crews will work to get to neighborhoods as soon as they are able.

For winter weather road conditions go to 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.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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 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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