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VDOT warns of possibly icy road conditions in the Shenandoah Valley overnight into Monday

Motorists traveling throughout the Shenandoah Valley tonight, January 11 and into the morning hours on Monday, January 12 should expect to see icy conditions develop.


Culpeper VDOT District traffic alert: Jan. 12-16

The following highway work is scheduled; weather permitting, in the Culpeper VDOT District during the upcoming week.


Interstate 81 slow roll closures in Frederick County on Sunday

Motorists should be alert for northbound and southbound slow roll lane closures on the morning of Sunday, January 11, along Interstate 81 in northern Frederick County.


Single-lane closures on Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain Jan. 12-16

A series of mobile single-lane closures are scheduled for the week of Jan. 12-16 on Interstate 64 eastbound and westbound. These overnight closures are for fog-light replacement between mile marker 98 in Augusta County and mile marker 104 in Albemarle County.


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Arctic blast provides challenge for motorists

Cold arctic air currently enveloping Virginia can and will put the “freeze” on car batteries, tires and other critical car components. Emergency roadside assistance crews at AAA Mid-Atlantic are staffed and ready to handle the predictable increase in calls due to the cold. Dead car batteries will leave some motorists stuck at home on cold mornings this week.


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New SleevesUp website from the American Red Cross lets supporters host virtual blood drives

January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.


Lane closure on Interstate 81 in Augusta County Monday night

The left lane of southbound Interstate 81 will be closed for repairs around mile marker 215 in Augusta County. The closure will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 5 and is expected to remain in place until the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 6.


Colder weather doesn’t chill interest in farmers markets

Until a few years ago, the Christmas holiday usually meant the end of the season for farmers markets across the state. They often wouldn’t reopen until mid-May.


Lynchburg VDOT District traffic alert

Highway work in the Lynchburg VDOT District for the week Jan. 4-10 requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.


New Year’s Eve forecast: Arctic chill to close out 2014

AccuWeather reports those headed out to celebrate New Year’s Eve may want to bundle up as arctic air affects much of the nation.


Snow threatens weekend travel in Northwest, North Central

AccuWeather reports two storms will produce areas of snow in the Pacific Northwest and part of the North Central states this weekend.


Storm threatens Christmas Eve travel

AccuWeather reports a storm bringing heavy rain, fog, thunderstorms, a swath of snow and travel delays will converge on the Northeast, Midwest and South leading up to Christmas.


Lynchburg VDOT District traffic alert

Highway work in the Lynchburg VDOT District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.


Lane closures at Interstate 81, Exit 257, in Rockingham County, Jan. 6-27

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled soil-testing work in the area of Interstate 81, Exit 257 (Mauzy/Broadway/Timberville) in Rockingham County from Jan. 6-27, 2015.


Culpeper VDOT District: Traffic alerts for Dec. 22-Jan. 2

The following highway work is scheduled; weather permitting, in the Culpeper VDOT District during the upcoming week.


Where’s Rudolph? Christmas Eve storm threatens two dozen states

AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports.


Still in denial about climate

It’s hard to believe there are still any climate change deniers. But a recent survey by the non-profit Center for American Progress found that some 58 percent of Republicans in the U.S. Congress still “refuse to accept climate change.”


VDOT Lynchburg District traffic alert

Highway work in the VDOT Lynchburg District requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.


VDOT: Paving work on Route 285 bridge in Augusta County to cause delays

Lane closures will occur on Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) in Augusta County at the I-64 Exit 91 bridge widening project due to paving work.


VDOT to increase speed limit on Interstate 81 in Harrisonburg area

The Virginia Department of Transportation will increase the speed limit to 70 miles per hour on Interstate 81 northbound in the Harrisonburg area between mile marker 248.2 and 249.


Route 634 in Augusta County closed Dec. 8-11 for railroad crossing work

Part of Route 634 (Patton Farm Road) in Augusta County is scheduled to be closed December 8-11 while Norfolk Southern works on a railroad crossing.


Taylor’s 34 points propel Longwood to 74-73 comeback win over Dartmouth

Longwood point guard Quincy Taylor broke out for a career-high 34 points, including 24 in the second half, to lead the Lancers to a 74-73 come-from-behind win over Dartmouth.


Work begins on the Virginia Tech Marching Virginians’ new facility

Construction of the Marching Virginians’ new $4.75 million practice and storage facility is underway and scheduled to be completed in 2015.


Thanksgiving driving fatalities experience record decline in Virginia

Despite the challenging weather at the start of the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia, preliminary numbers indicate a record decline in traffic fatalities over the holiday statistical counting period.


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Notification plan for local bus service changes related to inclement weather announced

The Central Shenandoah Planning Commission District announced the notification plan for changes to local bus service in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta area related to inclement winter weather.


Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages Virginians to prepare for winter

The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2014, as Winter Preparedness Week.


Virginia tobacco growers weather changes; payments to cease

Virginia tobacco farmers have lived through enormous marketing changes in the past 30 years, and more change is coming. About the only constant has been that tobacco is still an extremely valuable crop that’s worth the time and effort to grow.


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GameDay Preview: Can UVA football break long, long losing streak to Virginia Tech?

It will be 28 degrees in Blacksburg at 8 p.m. Friday. The good weather news for UVA football is that wind isn’t supposed to be a factor. The National Weather Service forecast is for light winds, less than 5 mph.


McAuliffe urges Virginians to get ready for winter weather

Winters in Virginia often are cold, snowy and icy and bring extended power outages.


Winter weather expected to impact travel in Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday

The Virginia Department of Transportation is gearing up for snow forecast for the Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.


VDOT mobilizing for pending snow storm

VDOT is preparing for snow on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, and urges motorists to consider altering their Thanksgiving travel plans to avoid driving in inclement weath


Virginia State Police reminds motorists to be safe for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases Virginians’ risks of being involved in a serious or deadly traffic crash.


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AAA: Wintry weather could impact Thanksgiving travel

AAA Mid-Atlantic urges holiday travelers to refrain from traveling if possible until the wintry weather completely passes and it is safe to travel again.


Interstate 81 lane closure in Rockbridge County on Tuesday

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled a daytime left-lane closure on Tuesday, November 25, for drainage work on northbound Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County.


Winter Storm Watch: Five inches of snow possible Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Augusta County and much of the Shenandoah Valley for Wednesday with a forecast for five inches or more of snow possible.


Press Conference: UVA football coach Mike London

UVA football coach Mike London talks with the media on Monday. The Cavaliers (5-6, 3-4 ACC) play at Virginia Tech (5-6, 2-5 ACC) on Friday in Blacksburg.


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Project Impact calendar set for distribution in early December

A popular locally produced calendar that features a unique collection of historic photos from around the Shenandoah Valley and amusing “holidays” for each day of the year is due out in early December.


Lynchburg VDOT District design public hearing scheduled

A design public hearing for a proposed project in the Lynchburg VDOT District will be held on Tuesday, December 9 from 4-6 pm at Temperance Elementary School, 1981 Lowesville Road, Amherst.


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Randy Forbes: What I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving

In what ways do you appreciate being together on Thanksgiving?


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AAA urges motorists to prepare vehicles for winter

According to AAA’s Automotive Research Center, at 0°F, a car’s battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°F it loses 35 percent.


Professional drivers offer safe driving tips for Thanksgiving travel

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the 1.3 million Virginians expected to travel our highways over the Thanksgiving holiday to drive safely.


Thanksgiving travel forecast: Storm may slow early travel as 46 million take to roads

AccuWeather reports cold air will be less intense and much less widespread across the nation during the week of Thanksgiving.


Shenandoah National Park announces fall, winter Visitor Center hours

The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day.


Arctic Blast: Prepare your vehicle for the winter blast

The official start of winter is weeks away. However, a blast of arctic air is about to blow the coldest weather so far this fall into the Mid-Atlantic.


Press Conference: Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden talks to the media on Thursday. The Redskins (3-6) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) on Sunday.


Interstate 64 closed at Mile 131 for hazmat incident

Interstate 64 eastbound is closed at mile marker 131 in Fluvanna County. A crash involving a fire truck and a tractor-trailer hauling hazardous materials occurred just after 7:30 a.m.


New sections of Route 280 in Rockingham County open Monday evening

Two new sections of Route 280 in Rockingham County are expected to open to traffic this evening (Monday, November 10), weather permitting.


VDOT begins safety improvements at Route 608 in Augusta County

The Virginia Department of Transportation is making safety improvements at two intersections along Route 608 (Tinkling Springs Road) in Augusta County between Stuarts Draft and Fishersville.


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Study: Rear view cameras save lives

Rear-view camera systems improved rear visibility an average of 46 percent in AAA’s tests. These systems are intended to improve driver awareness of the area immediately behind the vehicle in order to reduce the instance of back-over fatalities.


Motorists may encounter delays during Amherst bridge patching operations

Motorists should expect possible delays on two Amherst County roads, weather permitting. Crews will be patching the decks of structures on Route 29 and Route 501.