Saturday, December 19, 2009

I-81 remains hazardous in Shenandoah Valley ... closings

Western Augusta County has 2+ feet of snow.

Road crews have been at work clearing I-81 and I-64 through the Shenandoah Valley but conditions remain hazardous. Check WHSV TV-3 for the latest:
Motorists are strongly advised not to travel in the Shenandoah Valley area ... most roads are in severe condition. Snow continues to fall in the area with the potential for an additional six to twelve-inches of accumulation. Winter weather could continue into Sunday morning. Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to clear roads and remove debris throughout the Valley area.

Emergency crews are working to get to motorists waiting in traffic on snowy roads, but the high snow and number of vehicles make it difficult to travel.
Interstate 81 northbound and southbound from mile marker 205 to 211 has many disabled tractor trailers. Delays are expected in this area.
Snow that had tapered off by mid-afternoon picked up an hour later and is again coming down at a steady pace. Storm warnings are still in place until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Staunton Mall was closed Saturday but expected to return to normal operating hours on Sunday. Many churches have canceled Sunday services. Check WHSV and NBC 29 for updated information.

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