Weatherwise February 2024…The weather averages for this month, we’ll give you an update on the drought situation in Virginia, we’ll get an educated guess on what February’s weather will be like, we’ll take a deep dive into the rain-snow line that affects our weather and we look at hypothermia and frost bite.

The weather averages for this month, we’ll give you an update on the drought situation in Virginia, we’ll get an educated guess on what February’s weather will be like, we’ll take a deep dive into the rain-snow line that affects our weather and we look at hypothermia and frost bite.

Drought advisory continues

The “Drought Warning” enacted in August 2023 by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was lifted on Feb. 1st.

However, a “Drought Advisory” continues for the Shenandoah
drought evaluation region.

This includes the counties of: Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page,
Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.

Although recent rain and snow have increased current moisture levels in soil, streams, and rivers a drought advisory remains in effect.

Long term precipitation deficits remain in the Shenandoah Valley.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

WEATHERWISE, JANUARY 2024…We’ll take a look at the hottest year on record, give you an update on our drought situation and we end with a look at a group of countries working to save our oceans.

We’ll take a look at the hottest year on record, give you an update on our drought situation and we end with a look at a group of countries working to save our oceans.

Are you prepared for winter weather?

Traffic Update

Days are getting shorter and colder temperatures are moving in.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offer safety tips during winter travel and recommends keeping an emergency supply kit in the vehicle this winter to stay safe. 

VDOT encourages all motorist to plan ahead for traveling during winter weather and to observe extreme caution when on the roadways.

Before travel, motorists should inspect their vehicle tires and fluid levels and clear all ice and snow from the windows, windshield and mirrors, which could block visibility.

You should also follow forecasts and prepare for any unpredictable conditions. 

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Sleet, Hail, or Graupel?

We’ll look at Lake Effect Snow and the incredible November snow totals in Buffalo, we’ll distinguish between sleet, hail and graupel, we’ll answer the question, “Why does snow make it so quiet?”, and we’ll give you a wrap up of the 2022 Hurricane season that ended November 30th!

VDOT responds to winter weather

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VDOT’s crews are working to keep roadways clear through the snowstorm.

Snowfall and strong winds will affect visibility.

Below freezing temperatures will create icey patches that may last throughout the weekend.

Wind and ice accumulation may result in branches or trees falling into roadways.

Crews will be ready in impacted areas to start plowing if needed and spreading sand and salt to increase traction.

If possible, avoid traveling until precipitation stops but if you must travel, check 511Virginia.org for the latest road conditions before you leave.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

VDOT prepares for winter weather

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VDOT began treating roads on Friday for the snowfall expected to begin tonight and into Sunday morning.

VDOT’s crews as well as contractors are ready to plow and continue treatment as soon as the snow begins.

Interstates and primary roads will be treated first then secondary roads and subdivisions.

Residents should avoid traveling during the snowfall if possible.

Check 511Virginia.org or the 511 app for roadway updates.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

VDOT and other authorities advise caution for travel all day 1/17

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In an email from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) the authority thanks Virginians for heeding the message and staying off the roads.

After about 5 to 8 inches of snow then frozen precipitation fell we now have a glaze of ice on top of the snow in the Shenandoah Valley.

The snow coupled with a wind advisory until 8 p.m. tonight Jan. 17 any unfrozen snow will blow back over already plowed roads.

With that, caution is still advised if you have to travel wait as late in the day as you can.

Know before you go with up to the minute road information is always available at 511virginia.org.

VDOT’s snow emergency page is available at VDOT’s website under the travel center portion of the website for pertinent information for Clarke, Frederick, Page and other Counties in the Stauton District.

VDOT has approximately 900 pieces of equipment working 24/7 to treat the roads please give them room to work.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

REC continues restoring power

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power at thousands of members’ homes on Friday who lost power from Thursday’s snowstorm.

Roughly 21,000 locations remain without power.

REC estimates that the majority of those will be resolved by the end of the weekend.

REC has benefited from the help of hundreds of mutual aid crews from across the country to work alongside their field employees in continuing repairs.

Progress updates can be checked through their newly enhanced outage map located at myrec.coop or RECs social media pages.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.