VDOT preps for overnight freeze

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - While the winter storm knocked out power to thousands in central Virginia, it also left a mess on the roads.

The Virginia Dept. of Transportation says it was difficult to stay ahead of the storm, which didn't let up for a second.

VDOT says its crews have been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts to salt, sand and plow the roads into condition.

But officials say they just couldn't keep up with the snow, which sometimes piled up at a rate of one half-inch an hour and was blown around by high winds.

Crews were unable to pre-treat roadways since the storm brought rain first, making for what seemed like a losing battle.

But now that the snowfall has stopped, VDOT says its task now is to catch up and get ahead of the situation before tonight's deep freeze.

VDOT Spokesperson Taya Jarman said even with preparations, tomorrow morning's commute would likely be a slick and difficult one.

The department says its goal is to make the roads passable in the 48 hours following the end of the storm. Officials urge everyone to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.

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