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RVA gears up for season's first snow

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Utility and road crews are gearing up for the season's first big snow. Officials are warning of some very slippery conditions and possible power outages.

Richmond road crews are on standby, as the four-day stretch of rain is expected to convert to snow as early as Friday afternoon.

"We have about thirty crews ready to go out and start putting down a mixture of sand and salt," said Sharon North, of the Richmond Department of Public Works.

VDOT also anticipates salting and sanding beginning Friday morning, with crews working 12-hour shifts.

Virginia State police are warning drivers of dangerous roads, with black ice as snow melts and then freezes overnight. Troopers have responded to 150 accidents in the metro-area since Monday because of the wet weather.

Dominion Virginia Power is also prepping for possible outages. David Botkins, of Dominion, says workers are prepping for any damage caused by heavy, wet snow.

"We have preparations being made logistically with regards to personnel, equipment, supply, gasoline…The things that we need to have ready to do the job. We don't want to be in the midst of getting those things together when the weather hits," said Botkins.

If you must go out in the snow, and get into a crash, dial #77 from your cell phone. That will get you directly to state police.

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