Spring Snow Storm Could Cause Messy Monday Commute
March 24, 2013 10:39 PM EDT
The Virginia Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect a messy Monday morning commute.
VDOT crews are hitting the main roads with salt and sand - they hope to clear many secondary roads by Monday morning's commute.
Crews applied a brine solution to Interstate 64 early Sunday - from Afton Mountain to Charlottesville. VDOT is warning drivers to prepare for a longer Monday drive to work.
"They could see some pretty slippery conditions tomorrow morning so VDOT is definitely advising people that travel Monday morning to keep an eye on the local weather as well as the weather where they're traveling to," VDOT spokesman Lou Hatter said.
Charlottesville's downtown mall cleared out of customers Sunday night, with only a few people checking out the fresh powder. Some weren't complaining about the spring surprise.
"I love it, I came from Chicago years ago and have been missing snow like crazy so I'm so happy that it's snowing I'm just ecstatic," John Myers said.
Indigo Adler is already making her snow day plans.
"The homework I haven't done yet, maybe go sledding a little bit," she said.
Back inside the warmth, the Charlottesville City Public Works team prepares for a night of work. They are using real time maps to pinpoint which roads have been cleared already and which ones need plowed. And VDOT is encouraging drivers to do the same by tracking real-time traffic information online and with live cameras.
"Please be careful, allow extra time, you might want to wake up a little bit early [Monday] morning so you'll have time to make those weather checks and road condition checks," Hatter said.