CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Monday's snowstorm was a tricky one for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Since the winter weather system started out as rain, VDOT crews weren't able to pretreat the roads.
Once the snow started to fall, crews were out and the roads are still very, very slick. You can expect them to be that way for at least the next 12 hours.
"Our goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of the storms end," said VDOT spokesperson Lindsay LeGrand.
Even though the snow stopped hours ago, work for VDOT is far from over.
"Crews are going to continue working around the clock in twelve hour shifts overnight hours and into the morning," LeGrand said.
VDOT will be doing what it can to clear the roads, but frigid temperatures are presenting some challenges. Workers are finding they're limited as to what they can use.
"Temperatures are dipping below 15 degrees out here, at which point salt becomes a little less effective," LeGrand said.
VDOT plans to re-visit many of the roads it has already treated on Monday, because re-freezing is expected. Crews are dropping sand to help with traction, and extra focus will be put on bridges and overpasses.
"Hopefully before the sun comes up we can move toward secondary routes," LeGrand said.
VDOT says regardless of how bad the roads get, crews will be out trying to make them safe.
"We will continue to work until all roads are passable," LeGrand said.
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