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Snow storm causes problems for drivers

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - From cars in ditches to vehicles sliding across highways, this winter storm is causing all kinds of problems for drivers and keeping police and rescue crews racing from crash to crash. Friday night the snow fell and it kept falling as people headed home for the night.

"I don't think we really believed we were going to get as much as you're calling for," said driver Justine Johnson.

VDOT crews got to work before the snow fell and pre-treated roads with a de-icing agent. Now through the morning they'll be salting roadways and plowing the snow as it continues to fall to the ground.

"They'll be doing this all night," said VDOT spokesman Greg Bilyeu. "They'll do this as long as the storm is here and as long as snow is falling. The goal of VDOT is to have all the roads clear within 48 hours after the last snowflake falls."

But for right now it's continuing. While this part of the Commonwealth hasn't seen a December snow like this in some time, drivers are reminded to be extra careful. From Chesterfield to Hanover County there are reports of nearly 100 crashes in each area. Drivers we spoke with told us what they do to make sure they get home safely.

"Just drive slow and stay far away from the next car," said driver, Clayton Johnson.

"Oh my goodness! I'm driving slower and watching everybody else and fussing at the people beside me that are moving too fast or getting too close in my lane," added Justine Johnson.

For up to the minute VDOT alerts go to www.511virginia.org

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