First snow of the season leaves many roads slippery in the Shenandoah Valley

VDOT Staunton District

Snow Plow at Work
Snow plow pushing a slushy mix

STAUNTON — (4:30 a.m.) Overnight snowfall has left slick conditions on many roadways in the Shenandoah Valley early Monday morning. The first winter storm of the season is expected to depart about sunrise, leaving up to three inches of heavy, slushy accumulation in some areas. Motorists who must travel should expect slippery conditions, especially in higher elevations and on secondary roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation are on duty throughout the 11-county Staunton District, plowing or treating roadways as needed.

Here are the conditions in the VDOT Staunton District as of 4:30 a.m. Monday:

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Alleghany and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions in Frederick County. Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.

Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Page County. Moderate to minor conditions in Highland County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Frederick and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Clarke counties.

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Augusta and Page counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Highland, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties.

Statewide road conditions and traffic cameras are at http://www.511Virginia.org. For a detailed list of winter weather road conditions click “Text Views” on the orange bar atop the page. Then click on “Road Conditions Table” and use the pull-down box to select individual counties and cities. Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.

On the go? 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 https://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 VDOT Staunton District is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow VDOT statewide on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is at https://vdot.virginia.gov/.

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:

Closed – Road is closed to all traffic.

Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.

Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. 

Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.  Driving with caution is recommended.

Last updated: July 19, 2024

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