ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County police are warning drivers to not wait too late before going home during Friday's expected snow storm. Officers say in the past, people waited and that created a traffic nightmare especially on Route 29.

In 2009, one of the most severe snow storms to hit the area put parts of Route 29 in gridlock. People were stranded on the side of the road.

Police are warning people to stay off the roads Friday and if you do get stuck heading north on 29, get away from traffic so snow plows can get through.

 "VDOT has brought in extra equipment to get the snow off the roads because of the construction areas up there. They're bringing in a blower that's going to help with the snow over the jersey wall that's out there now, but the roads are still going to be slick,” Sgt. Stoddard of the Albemarle County Police Department said.

Police say the volume of calls that they expect will be prioritized and answered based on safety and what level of emergency they're categorized as.

Sgt. Stoddard says he and several other traffic unit officers have worked every snow storm since the early 90s and the department has a streamlined system to keep as many people safe as possible.