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Crashes plague Interstate 81 amid messy winter weather

(WHSV)
Published: Nov. 15, 2018 at 7:43 AM EST
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UPDATE (12 p.m.):

As a wintry mix continues to fall in the Shenandoah Valley, with snow and ice north of Shenandoah County and ice and freezing rain south of that, plus some snow, slushy conditions remain on many roads in the area.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), icy or snowy conditions have been reported on many bridges, overpasses, and ramps.

Crews are still out in force treating roadways with chemicals and plowing as needed.

Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution if they have to be on the roads, and if they don't have to be, to avoid using them.

As of 11:15 a.m., Interstate 81 is listed in minor conditions from Augusta through Frederick Counties, Interstate 64 in minor condition in Augusta County, and primary roads in moderate condition in Page County, moderate and minor conditions in Shenandoah, and minor conditions in the rest of the Valley.

Secondary roads are listed in moderate condition.

Several crashes have led to delays on Interstate 81 throughout the day. The northbound right lane and right shoulder remain closed at mile marker 282 due to a tractor trailer crash, causing four miles of backups.

Lanes are reopen after a vehicle fire near Staunton in the morning and a crash just south of Harrisonburg in the late morning.

While no crashes have been reported in the area by VDOT, traffic cameras show significant backups in the MM 247 area.

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UPDATE (8:47 a.m.) :

The north right lane and right shoulder are closed. Motorists can still expect five miles of delays while driving.

UPDATE (8:41 a.m.):

A vehicle fire at milemarker 221 in Augusta County on Interstate 81 has closed the north left shoulder, left lane, right lane, and right shoulder.

According to VDOT 511, motorists can expect a delay of five miles.

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A vehicle fire at milemarker 220 in Augusta County on Interstate 81 has closed all northbound travel lanes.

The fire was first reported at 7:22 A.M. by 511 Northwest VA, and three miles of backups were reported at 7:24 A.M.

The north left shoulder, left lane, right lane, and right shoulder are closed.