Winter Storm Approaching-Important Information

Please be aware that winter weather is expected to impact our area beginning Wednesday night.   

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 6:00 pm on February 12 to 6:00 pm February 13.  Significant snow accumulation is expected.  Snowfall is expected to begin on Wednesday evening and could be heavy at times.

The following information should help you prepare for the storm.

VDOT

Currently, crews are treating interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals. Crews will be out in force overnight and through the duration of the storm, treating icy roads and plowing snow.  

During the storm, motorists should avoid driving on the roads if at all possible. About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.  

Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:

·    Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions

·    Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car

·    Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages

·    Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information

·    You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)to  report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT's 24-hour Customer Service Center

·    When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down.

Road priorities and neighborhood snowplow tracker

VDOT's goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. 

A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.

VDOT has activated a web-based neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in Northern Virginia neighborhoods when it snows two inches or more. Available at http://www.vdotplows.org/, VDOT will be testing the tracker concept in other parts of the state this year to determine which regions are best suited for the wireless technology required for the system. 

For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Other Resources

Emergencies, Reporting Outages & Traffic Issues

Emergency contact information for reporting utility outages and traffic problems, as well as general information is as follows:

 Dominion

 SVEC

 CVEC

 AEP

To check road conditions, you can call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.

Please dial 911 for emergencies only.

Police non-emergency numbers are:

Staunton City Dispatch:

540-332-3842

Waynesboro City:

540-942-6675

Highland County Sheriff’s Office:

540-468-2210 

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office:

540.245.5333

Nelson County Sheriff’s Office:

434-263-7050

Please take the time to prepare and stay safe.

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