NEW: Forest Service To Delay Seasonal Road Openings
Harsh Winter Cited
HARRISONBURG — The Forest Service plans to delay the opening of seasonally closed roads in the central Valley due to the “extended winter weather,” the service said in a release today.
The delay will include seasonal roads in Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham and Frederick counties in Virginia, and in the West Virginia counties of Hardy and Hampshire, according to the service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV/ATV Trail System is also included in this delay.
The affected roads usually open in mid-March or early April. No new opening date has been set.
The region has been hit with two snowstorms in the last month, including February’s storm that dumped as much as two feet of snow in the higher elevations. Bitterly cold temperatures have been a hallmark of this winter as well, with the mercury often dipping into the single digits or below zero in some places.
In the release, the Forest Service said that it is delaying the openings, “to protect roads and OHV/ATV Trails from potential damage due to late-season freeze, thaw, and moisture experienced this winter.”