VDOT, drivers prepare for difficult driving conditions

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-28 07:46:28-05

(WTVR) -- It was a wet and cold start to the morning on Tuesday, as snow started falling all across the Metro forcing drivers like Anthony Thomas to take things slow.

"It's kind of windy and cold and everything, and as far as the snow and everything it's pretty good," Thomas said.

Things turned out really good for some students like Scott Toms. Many school districts closed or delayed classes because of the wintry weather and road conditions.

"I'm glad to have the day off from school, less stress but there are some things that you just have to do," Toms said.

Although students were given the day off, road crews were up early with their trucks fully stocked ready for whatever Mother Nature was dishing out.

"We're applying salt to help melt some of the icy precipitation from bonding with the pavement and applying sand to give drivers that extra traction so they're not spinning their wheels while traveling," LeGrande said.

Several drivers said the sometimes unpredictable driving conditions were most concerning.

"Especially in Hanover the back roads are curvy and if you have too much speed you can run into a ditch and the ditches are pretty big," driver Diane Hammond said.

"Be careful on the road because sometimes you might hit a patch of black ice," Thomas said. "Just be careful and be careful of your surroundings as well."