Schools close, public works crews gear up for winter storm


by 13News Now

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 7:09 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Public works crews are ready to hit the roads once Monday's winter storm hits Hampton Roads.

Spokesman Drew Lankford says Virginia Beach has more than 2,000 tons of sand and salt that workers will use once temperatures begin to drop.

“Our supplies have been restocked. We’ve had the equipment checked and everything. Anything that had been damaged in the previous storm, that’s been repaired," Lankford explained. "Crews have been put on notice that we have a winter storm approaching, so we kind of got everything in place ready to go as soon as things start hitting.”

The same storm system already was striking away at air travel, canceling or delaying thousands of flights.

“A pain in the patootie. It was really awful,” said P. J. Barton who landed at Norfolk International Airport hours later than expected. “Charlotte was delayed everywhere, every flight was delayed.”

With sleet and snow expected, many school divisions cancelled classes or were closing early.
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Because rain is expected before the sleet and snow move in, City of Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch said roads would not be treated ahead of time. Any material used to pre-treat the roadways would be washed away by the rain. She expected crews to be on their regular shifts, which typically begin at about 7:00 a.m.

The City of Portsmouth brought in a crew at midnight in advance of the storm.

Late Sunday, Virginia Department of Transportation said it is prepared for the round of winter weather.

VDOT expects the highest winter weather impacts to be the western and northern parts of the Commonwealth.  Crews are monitoring conditions and are on standby to treat roadways. VDOT will plow interstate and primary roads before moving to more heavily traveled secondary roads.

The Department of Transportation said questions about service to individual roads can be directed to the VDOT customer service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).