Central Va. Prepares for Another Round of Winter Weather

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

December 9, 2013

Works crews have been busy cleaning up after the weekends ice storm, but now they are gearing up for another round of winter weather.

"We have crews out today and they are basically cleaning up after yesterdays storm," said Lou Hatter, VDOT Communications Manager for the Culpeper district. "We still have some, at least as of this morning, have some secondary roads that had some minor conditions. Meaning, they had patches of snow and ice."

Tuesday morning parts of Central Virginia could see up to three inches of snow.

This time of year when winter weather hits, road crews with VDOT and Charlottesville Public Works work twelve-hour shifts to get the roads cleaned up. And, after working long shifts this past weekend, there's little room for a break when storms arrive back-to-back.

"This time of year, before the employees leave, they've got their trucks all prepped and ready to go," Hatter said. "They're out there 12-hours a day. They're on the back roads and it's a busy job to be in the cab of that truck."

Charlottesville Public Works has a smaller area to cover when compared to VDOT and that allows them to take storm prep a little slower.

"Obviously, VDOT has a lot bigger area to cover," said Mariam Dickler, Charlottesville Spokesperson. "So, the city of Charlottesville really just pays attention to our city streets."

"We may be looking at freezing rain down in Charlottesville and we may have, like we did this past weekend, seven inches of snow up in northern Fauquier County," said Hatter.

VDOT will be doing minimal brining on the roads because there is still residue from the last storm. Charlottesville crews are already working on some problem areas around the city.

"Crews are going to go ahead and pre-treat ramps and bridges," said Dickler. "Those are of course the things that freeze first and we'll be watching the weather all of the way through."

Crews preparing for another messy start to a workday, for the second day in a row.

"As always, people should practice good common sense when they're out there driving around and not travel if they don't have too if the weather is bad," said Dickler.

VDOT is also concerned about cleaning up after the storm in a timely manner. Temperatures on Tuesday night are forecasted to be in the 20s and that will cause more freezing, creating a harder clean up.

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