An additional 12″ of new snow accumulation last night has buried Clarke County under 21″ of snow as of 8:00am. The National Weather Service predicts an additional accumulation of 3″-7″ today as snow continues to fall on Saturday morning. Nearly all weekend activities are cancelled as well as county government operations across the region.
Virginia State Police advise all travelers to stay off the roads. VDOT lists travel conditions on all primary and secondary roads in Clarke County as “severe” due to heavy snow. Travellers venturing out on the roads this morning are asked to carry a travel emergency kit as assistance may not be immediately available in the event of problems.
Early Saturday Morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 66 – Severe conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties, including Afton Mountain.
Primary roads are in severe condition in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Warren and Page counties.
Secondary roads in severe condition in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions are in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Highland counties.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
National Weather Service – Saturday 8:00 a.m. EST UPDATE:
Today: Snow and areas of blowing snow. High near 27. North wind between 16 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Tonight: A chance of snow before 9pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind between 9 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind around 9 mph.