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Power Outages, Vehicle Accidents Across Shenandoah Valley

16 November 2018 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

The first winter storm of the season has left a mixture of snow and ice in the Shenandoah Valley, bringing power outages and vehicle accidents to the region.

The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported over 6,000 members who were without power as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday as ice accumulation on trees caused many to fall onto power lines in the western region of the Cooperative’s service territory. REC redirected crews from its eastern and northwestern territories to help restore service in the counties of Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Orange, Fauquier, Albemarle and Rappahannock.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting that as of 4 a.m. this morning, moderate conditions can be found on Interstate 66 in Warren County, and minor conditions can be found on I-81 in Shenandoah and Frederick Counties. Primary roads in Clarke and Warren Counties are experiencing moderate conditions, while a mix of both moderate and minor conditions exist in Shenandoah County, and Frederick County is only experiencing minor conditions. According to reports, in Frederick County alone the Sheriff’s Office responded to five crashes between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., the worst being on Berryville Pike. Virginia State Police responded to a total of 44 crashes as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday. For winter weather road conditions, citizens are advised to go to 511Virginia.org.

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