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Feb. 16, 2015


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to avoid travel during storm


RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow fighting crews are prepared and ready to clear roads.  Snow is falling in the western region of the state where crews have started snow removal operations.  Up to a foot of snow is in the forecast for the southwestern region and five to nine inches of snow expected statewide.  Sleet and freezing rain are anticipated for later tonight.


Due to extreme cold temperatures, heavy snow combined with freezing rain and sleet later tonight, motorists are urged to limit and avoid travel during the storm.  Road conditions are expected to be treacherous. 


VDOT crews apply sand and salt to the roads as snow begins to fall. They plow once snow accumulates to a depth of one 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 make one pass along secondary roads and continue on to open other roads before returning to plow the full width of the road.


In Northern Virginia, crews plow and treat interstates, major roads and neighborhoods concurrently. Once two inches have fallen, residents can enter their address at to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.


In addition to snow removal operations, VDOT has the following teams and resources deployed:

  • Tree and debris removal teams
  • Signal technicians
  • Motor graders and other heavy equipment to remove wrecked tractor trailers and other vehicles from roads
  • Enhanced Safety Service Patrol teams monitoring roadways
  • Traffic operations staff monitoring roadways
  • Call centers


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