VDOT crews prep for wintry weather across the state

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(WAVY) — Hampton Roads is not forecasted to get any snow from the impending winter storm on Sunday, but the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is busy prepping the rest of the state. 

VDOT officials want to remind anyone traveling west of Hampton Roads in the next few days, to use your best judgment on the roads.

“We’ve added just a few trucks to different areas but the issue is the duration of the storm,” said VDOT Hampton Roads District Maintenance Manager William Collier

In the next few days, many parts of Virginia, including the western outskirts of the Hampton Roads region, will likely see snowfall. Some more than others. 

Dave Forster with VDOT confirmed to 10 On Your Side that they’ve already finished pre-treating the roads on Friday and now have crews working 24-hour shifts in certain cities.

“In Franklin, which is the western part of Tidewater, South Hampton,  Isle of Wight, Sussex, Greenville counties. We are working 24 hour operations, ” he said.

It’s still very early in the winter season, so Forster said they are being smart about how they use their funds and resources, all while keeping motorists safety a top concern.

Forester emphasized drivers, especially those headed west, should keep their eyes open. 

According to VDOT, about 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in vehicles. Staying off the roads during a winter storm will help keep motorists and crews safe. 

“Stay off the roads if they don’t need to be out there. If they do see plows out there, don’t try to pass them. And then give themselves plenty of time to get somewhere if they need to be somewhere and obviously drive slowly, more slowly than they would normally,” he said.

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