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Charlottesville Crews Work to Clear Late-Winter Snow

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Monday has been a long day of plowing the streets of Charlottesville for city crews. They have been clearing primary roads, slowly working their way to secondary roads, and will continue plowing until all roads are cleared.

Since the storm started they have been hitting the primary routes - bus routes and roads that lead to emergency facilities like hospitals and fire stations. They are going over those roads multiple times throughout the evening until the snow stops. Once it does stop they will hit the secondary roads.

Because the snow has been an all-day event, it could be a while before you see a plow on your street.

"The best thing people can really do is stay off the roads right now. They are slick, you know, there are spots with ice and also it's easier for those plows to work if the snow isn't compacted down,” said Miriam Dickler, spokeswoman for the city of Charlottesville.

As of Monday afternoon, you're still safe to park in the two-hour parking spots downtown, because the city hasn't put emergency snow routes into effect yet.

Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

CULPEPER — Most highways in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are reported as snow- and ice-covered at this hour. Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties is in minor condition, with icy patches present on the road surface.

Motorists are advised to avoid travel as snow continues to fall. Road conditions are treacherous and visibility is low. By staying off the roads, VDOTcrews and contractors are able to more quickly and safely do their work.

VDOT is currently plowing and treating Central Virginia’s interstates and primary roads with salt and sand. Crews will remain on duty tonight, working to make all roads passable and addressing areas that refreeze as temperatures drop into the single digits.

What you should expect

· VDOT crews begin applying sand and salt to the roads as freezing rain, sleet or snow begins to fall. They plow once snow accumulates to a depth of 1 ½ to two inches on the road surface.

· Crews focus their snow-removal operations first on the interstate and primary highways. Once those roads are in good condition crews move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.

· VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends. In many cases plows will make one pass along secondary roads and continue on to open other roads before returning to plow the full width of the road.

How you can help

· Postpone non-essential travel until after the storm passes and roads are in good condition.

· If you must travel check weather and road conditions before you leave, including along the route and at your destination. Allow plenty of time for the trip. Drive for conditions: slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles.

· Clear all your vehicle’s windows and remove snow from the roof and other surfaces. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including a shovel, sand or other abrasive, a blanket and a flashlight. Keep your gas tank at least half full.

· Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into the driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.

VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

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