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.


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 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, 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

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:





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

Please dial 911 for emergencies only.

Police non-emergency numbers are:

Staunton City Dispatch:


Waynesboro City:


Highland County Sheriff’s Office:


Augusta County Sheriff’s Office:


Nelson County Sheriff’s Office:


Please take the time to prepare and stay safe.

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Area legislators say McDonnell budget proposal offers a strong starting place

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State Budget Hot Topic at Town Hall

Three area delegates expressed cautious optimism about the upcoming budget discussions in the state.

“Things are a little better, but not where we would like to be,” said Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton.

The discussion came as part of a town hall meeting Tuesday at Guy Stump Elementary School with Dels. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave; Bell, and Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge. About 40 people attended the town hall meeting.

Read More - State Budget Hot Topic at Town Hall - The News Leader

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Each year we conduct a legislative survey to help gauge the opinions of 20th District residents on issues that matter most to them.  We hope you will consider taking the survey and sharing it with your friends and family members. The results are extremely helpful in allowing Delegate Bell to better serve the 20th District in Richmond.

You can begin the survey by clicking here.

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Area Delegates to hold Joint Town Hall Meeting

Local members of the House of Delegates will gather to hear from constituents Tuesday their concerns and ideas in advance of next month’s General Assembly session.

The meeting will be held jointly for Dels. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave; Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, and Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, inside Guy Stump Elementary School in Stuarts Draft beginning at 7 p.m.

Read More - Area Delegates to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting - The News Leader

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Local House members face clear path to re-election

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Education Funding Dominates Discussion

VERONA -- Concerns about future state funding for public education dominated a two-hour meeting Monday between Augusta County Supervisors and the area's legislative delegation.

The meeting was held to prepare for the upcoming 2014 Virginia General Assembly and to highlight the supervisors' legislative priorities.

Read More - Education Funding Dominates Discussion - The News Virginian

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Bell Appointed to School Takeover Board

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Medicaid Politics Seen As Key to Mental Health Aid in VA

FISHERSVILLE — The politics of federal health care reform has made it difficult to address key pieces of the legislation as it affects Virginia, a local state lawmaker said Tuesday.

State Sen. Emmett Hanger told representatives of government and local mental health agencies that Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act consider addressing any provisions of the law in the General Assembly as support for the law.

Hanger, R-Mount Solon, and Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, answered questions about mental health services during a legislative forum at Augusta Health organized by local governments and assistance agencies.


Read More: Medicaid Politics Seen As Key to Mental Health Aid in VA - The News Leader

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Please Join Delegate Bell for Barbecue and Bluegrass!

Join Delegate Bell for an Evening of Barbecue and Bluegrass

With confirmed guests

Mark Obenshain, Candidate for Attorney General

Bob Goodlatte, Congressman

And invited guests

E.W. Jackson, Candidate for Lt. Governor
Ken Cuccinelli, Candidate for Governor
Thursday, September 26th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Shenandoah Harley Davidson

213 Rolling Thunder Lane

Staunton, Virginia 24401

Please RSVP by September 18th to 540448-4617 or by email at

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Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $          to show my support!

Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”

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