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VDOT working 24/7 ahead of major winter storm



VDOT crews are trying to get out ahead of the storm. They are pre-treating roads and bridges hours before the snow arrives. 

VDOT allowed us inside the Richmond Traffic Control center. It is a 24 hour operation that is now in full gear as a major snow storm heads toward Central Virginia.

"All around the clock we've got folks here monitoring weather conditions, road conditions, traffic conditions," said Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT.

Officials have a birds eye view. They know exactly where to dispatch crews.

"They are watching bridges and overpasses very carefully, said LeGrand. "Once the snow starts to fall they will be able to tell where the trouble spots are."

Keep in mind, fire crews will also have to roll massive trucks on slick roads. They are asking you to do them a favor.

"We just encourage people to stay off the roads," said Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire & EMS. "We want our crews to not have to go out and respond on calls that could be easily avoided."

We were there as firefighters outfitted their trucks with snow chains.

"If you have an emergency call 911," said Lt. Elmore. "We are still going to respond. It may take us a little extra time to get there if the road conditions are what they are expecting them to be."

LeGrand says crews are not just focusing on the primary roads and interstates.

"We'll try to get to some of the heavily traveled secondary roads," said LeGrand. "We are expecting some higher accumulations this time."

Crews pre-treated roads from 7AM to 7PM Tuesday. They will be back out on the roads Wednesday morning at 7AM. 

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