Rain ahead of Thursday snow means VDOT can’t pre-treat roads

Posted at 11:53 PM, Mar 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-05 07:15:28-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- This could be the third significant snowfall in the last month here in Richmond area.

"We want folks to know to plan your travel now," Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT said.

Planning is exactly what VDOT is doing Wednesday night, ahead of another possible snowstorm.

"They are reporting to work at 7 o'clock and they (crews) are going to get started to load with salt and sand, and to position themselves around the area," LeGrand said.

But not everyone is ready to put out the welcome mat for Mother Nature.  In fact, several CBS 6 viewers sounded off on Facebook about the impending snowfall.  Thomas Stanton said he's ready to offer up a few choice words to Old Man Winter.  While Jonathan Lilly said it's not just the snow he wants to avoid, but some stores as well.  Still there are some like Christopher Rawls, who feel differently.

" I love the snow because I get out there with my shovel and make lots of money all day long," Rawls said.  "Helping people out and it helps me out too, as it puts a little cash in my pocket."

It's profitable for some, but the issue of preparation is high on the list for those keeping the roads safe for drivers.

"We're focusing on sand to help provide drivers with extra traction so they aren't spinning their wheels while they are driving, and salt to help melt the ice," LeGrand said.

Crews were able to pre-treat the roads before the last snowstorm, but Mother Nature is switching things up this time as rain is predicted to fall first making things a bit more difficult.

"We will be pre-positioning ourselves just to make sure we are able to treat the storm when it actually begins and changes over from that rain to a snow event," LeGrand said.

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