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Snowy Roads Across VA - Check out this video

VDOT urging everyone to stay home if possible today across the state...reason? This is why

Chris V. shared this video from his house in Pittsylvania County with TV station WSET Share your #vawx photos/videos: Driving conditions expected to get worse

Snow, sleet and ice are approaching the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands on Sunday morning, January 16. Precipitation is expected to arrive shortly after dawn in the southern part of the region, and the winter storm will overspread the area by mid-day. Motorists should avoid all but emergency travel throughout the day.

The region, including Interstate 81, has terrain with steep grades that increase travel hazards during snow and ice events. This is especially true for truck traffic and it is important that trucks avoid the region, particularly I-81, on Sunday and into early Monday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is mobilizing employees and contractors early Sunday morning throughout the 11-county Staunton District. Crews are pre-positioned in order to plow and treat roads as soon as conditions warrant. Wreckers are staged at several locations, and tree-removal crews have been notified for deployment as needed.

VDOT has a variety of traveler resources including Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Rest area locations can be found on the VDOT website at

Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.

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.

For a text listing of winter weather road conditions go to, 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’sFree Virginia 511 Toolsto 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 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.

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