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VDOT Readies Roads Ahead of Winter Storm

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Crews with VDOT and the City of Charlottesville will hit the roads Saturday night.

Crews already spent Saturday morning pre-treating interstates with a brine solution.

Plows are parked and ready to go at Charlottesville's city yard Saturday afternoon ahead of the storm.

What time these trucks hit the road is up to Mother Nature.

“Around midnight or three or however many hours it looks like that storm is out they'll start bringing crews in to treat the roads or get prepared for the next day,” says Miriam Dickler, director of communications for the City of Charlottesville.

The fewer cars on the road, the faster crews can take care of business.

“If you don't have to travel tomorrow please stay home,” says VDOT spokesman Lou Hatter.

Hatter says regardless if the ground is covered with snow Sunday morning, drivers should be aware of the potentially serious ice build-up.

“Ice is extremely hazardous even with four wheel drives and other large vehicles,” he says.

VDOT crews will hit main roads with salt and sand through Sunday morning.

If snow begins to stick, Charlottesville city crews will use real time maps to help pinpoint which roads have been cleared and which ones still need plowing.

The City says the best thing people can do to help speed up the clean-up is stay home.

“We do ask the public’s cooperating staying off the roads if possible, using common sense safety just so people are safe and we can do our jobs,” Dickler says.

Before any major weather event, the City says crews make sure plow trucks are ready to roll. That means adding snow chains to the rear wheels and making sure safety lights work.

If you are flying out of Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport or other airports in the region tomorrow you will want to check the flight's status as the airlines are already expecting weather delays.

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