Shenandoah Valley: Be alert for possibility of snow, icy roads Monday

winter weather snow icy roadsForecast light amounts of snow and ice may cover and glaze some Shenandoah Valley roads on Monday, January 8.  Days of below freezing temperatures in the area have caused roads and other outdoor surfaces to be susceptible to snow and ice.  Motorists should be alert for areas of black ice or ice coated roads, bridges and ramps. Debris from ice coated branches falling may also create driving hazards.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be monitoring roads and treating them as appropriate. Areas known for icing due to terrain will be pretreated but Interstate 64, Interstate 66 and Interstate 81 will not receive pretreatment brine.

VDOT advises travelers to allow extra time for driving throughout the day on Monday. Always buckle up and use safety belts when traveling.

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.

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 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.

VDOT statewide Twitter messages can be found at @VaDOT. The nine districts can be found at:Hampton Roads  @VaDOTHR; Richmond @VaDOTRVA; Northern Virginia @VaDOTNOVA;  Fredericksburg @VaDOTFred; Culpeper @VaDOTCulp; Lynchburg  @VaDOTLynchburg; Bristol @VaDOTBristol; Salem @VaDOTSalem; Staunton  @VaDOTStaunton.

VDOT can be followed on FacebookFlickrTwitter and YouTubeRSS 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.