Stay off roads for one more day, police ask drivers

A pair of snow plows knock back the snow along King Street in Strasburg on Sunday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

Sunshine is starting to melt some of the snow today, but primary and secondary roads are still snow covered, according to Sandy Myers, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Interstates 81 and 66 have been cleared. On Saturday, some exit off ramps had to be closed when truck stops filled up.  Off ramps at exits 195, 205 and 213 have been reopened.  Still closed are northbound and southbound off ramps at exit 323 in Frederick County and exit 291 Toms Brook.

Corinne Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, asks area residents to stay off the roads for one more day.

“Where the is sun is out…it’s helping melt the snow. But, many roads – especially secondary and rural routes – are still slick with packed-down and/or impassable due to snow drifts and significant accumulation…  So we are still asking Virginians to be patient and delay unnecessary travel, Geller said.

She noted in a 11 a.m. update today that there have been five storm-related deaths and state police have responded to 6,883 calls for service, including 1,427 traffic crashes and 2,122 disabled vehicles throughout Virginia since Friday.

Eric Barnett of Strasburg digs out his pickup Sunday morning outside his Funk Street home in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Up to  3 feet of snow has fallen across the Northern Shenandoah Valley since it began early Friday afternoon.  Sunny skies are in the forecast through Tuesday, when there is a chance of rain or snow.

By 3 p.m. Sunday, Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah public school had announced they will be closed on Monday.


Icicles hang from this canopy along East King Street in Strasburg on Sunday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

Paul Zdepski works on clearing his neighbor's driveway along Dickerson Lane in Strasburg on Jan. 24. Rich Cooley/Daily

Anson Crieer, 9, of Strasburg, digs outs his father's car on Funk Street on Sunday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily