Charlottesville Prepares for Potential Weekend Snow Storm

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

VDOT Preps

VDOT is preparing for snow that is forecast to begin early Sunday morning in the nine counties of its Culpeper District.

On Saturday, VDOT crews will treat I-64, I-66 and primary roads with salt brine to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.

VDOT is readying snow removal equipment for the storm, which is expected to continue through late Sunday night, with snowfall heavy at times.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT's traffic and travel website.

February 17, 2012

Charlottesville's Public Works and Parks and Recreation crews are preparing for the first winter weather of the season this weekend.

According to the latest forecasts, this storm has the potential to produce heavy wet snow for the area, so city Public Works crews will be closely monitoring the conditions through the night Saturday to prepare the roads for Sunday. Several new pieces of snow fighting equipment have been added to the city’s arsenal of winter weather tools, including a large investment in brine and brine storage facilities.

“When we get the first bit of icy weather in the area we call on our planning and experience to prepare. We are standing by for needing to treat the city streets in the best way that we can depending on what may fall overnight and tomorrow,” says Ric Barrick, the City’s Director of Communications.

Current temperatures on City streets and bridges are above freezing so the City is expecting the initial precipitation to not stick to surfaces. However, as colder air moves in early Sunday morning, icy spots are likely and will need to be treated.

The city Public Works Department maintains 24 de-icing vehicles with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment such as cameras at intersections and temperature monitors on the pavement of some city bridges. During most storms two 40-person crews working 12-hour shifts keep city streets treated using a variety of de-icing methods.

The City also has the technology to monitor road temperatures and conditions from some city vehicles to help supervisors prioritize treating potential icy spots. Major thoroughfares are always treated first but secondary residential streets will be handled as soon as crews can get to them.

New city ordinances require that all residents and business owners clean sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a snow event. In addition, it is illegal to shovel snow onto a public thoroughfare and city Police can issue citations to property owners found in violation.

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