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VDOT Hampton Roads Prepares for Winter Weather

VDOT Hampton Roads District has begun to pre-treat roads in advance of the anticipated winter storm. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Unsplash)

HAMPTON ROADS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District has begun preparations to pre-treat roads ahead of the anticipated winter storm.

On the morning of Jan. 19, 2022, VDOT crews began pre-treatment on Hampton Roads’ interstates, along with primary and high-volume secondary roads. The crews gathered materials and loaded equipment to prepare for potential road impacts and there is additional equipment loaded with plows and spreaders ready to address varying road conditions that may be present throughout the length of the storm.

VDOT crews are also on standby to assist with downed trees, branches, and debris that may fall on the roads. Crews will work in shifts as part of 24-hour operations to clear and treat the interstate and state-maintained roadways as needed.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va. (NWS Wakefield), there are two winter storms heading to the region. The first will start around Thursday (Jan. 20) afternoon, where temperatures will fall into the upper 20s-low 30s by the evening. The second will start on Friday and run into Saturday. This second storm could see significant snowfall and icing.

The snow could create hazardous travel conditions and VDOT is urging motorists to limit nonessential travel and to exercise extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.

Locals in the region can visit the NWS Wakefield’s Facebook page for up-to-date weather information.

For the latest traffic conditions please visit VDOT’s 511Virginia website.

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