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Snow crews clearing neighborhood roads

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The winter weather is still making driving tough, particularly on neighborhood roads. Many are expected to re-freeze overnight.

VDOT says it's shifting its focus to secondary roads and says the sun is helping a lot, but quite a bit of snow remains on many roads. When it freezes again Wednesday night, it's going to make it difficult to drive.

It's a slip and slide kind of day on many roads throughout Central Virginia.

"It certainly wasn't good. A lot of times at stop signs, I couldn't stop when I needed to. I kind of floated in the middle of the road," said Nick Rabino.

He's a server and delivery driver at Tarrant's Café, so he had to brave Richmond city streets to get to work. Since he drives for work sometimes, he has to be extremely cautious making those deliveries.

"Usually when it's snowing, we don't go to Churchill or the bottom, because with all those hills it gets hard to get around," he said.

Many of the roads can still be very hazardous even after the snow has been removed because of black ice, which you may not see until you've slipped on it.

On Powhatan Street in the Fan, the pavement appeared to be a sheet of ice.

"The ones that we haven't even gotten to yet will still need our attention," said Sharon North with Richmond Public Works.

North says the city is prioritizing its efforts on heavily-traveled roads.

"The big main streets, like Jeff Davis, Broad Street, Belvedere, the Boulevard. We have to maintain those roads to make sure they are accessible for police, fire, ambulances in the event they need to get down those routes," she said.

North says some 50 crews are working 12-hour shifts to eventually get to all roads, including neighborhood streets. With temperatures dropping Wednesday night, there's the likelihood roads will re-freeze.

"We have to make sure roads are done adequately. If it means it's going to take us a little bit longer to get into your neighborhood, we hope you can understand that and be patient with us," she said.

In Henrico, crews are also making progress, working around the clock. Snow and ice removal efforts, though, could last for days.

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