VDOT prepares for first winter storm of 2019 in Hampton Roads

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says their crews are ready for anything that comes our way this weekend as the state prepares for the first winter storm of 2019.

VDOT officials say they began pre-treating roads in the region with salt and brine on Thursday.

While the southern parts of Hampton Roads saw rain Saturday evening, VDOT officials said they were prepared for the worst towards the northern part of the peninsula and Eastern Shore.

“Based on the weather reports, we’re focusing more on the peninsula. Williamsburg, James City County, Surry and Accomack,” Shellee Casiello with VDOT told 10 On Your Side. 

“We’ll have VDOT workers in trucks out and mobilized, waiting for there to be any changes if it turns to snow,” Casiello added.

Since most of the region saw rain throughout the day and night on Saturday, 10 On Your Side asked if the rain would affect the treatments VDOT had already put down on the roads. 

“It depends on how much rain we get, but since it’s been on the roads since yesterday, hopefully most of it will stay there and not be affected too much by the rain, but that is always a concern,” said Casiello. 

VDOT plows and trucks will be headed out as soon as snow begins to fall to make sure roads stay clear, but, as always, they’re reminding motorists to stay off the roads and stay safe.

“If you don’t have to travel anywhere, we just tell people to stay home and be safe and it’s not going to last too long, hopefully, so if you can delay your travel plans do that a little bit. Just stay off the roads,” Casiello said.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest on the winter storm. 

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