Crews hard at work to clear snow-covered roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 4:24 AM

UPDATE 1/22 4 p.m.:  Crews are almost finished re-salting wet areas on the interstates as a preventative measure, VDOT officials tell 13News Now.  The roads are clear but crews are watching for slick spots.

Most primary roads look good but VDOT says are having issues with blowing snow creating clumps of ice and they warn drivers to be careful.

Crews are almost done sanding primary roads and they are going to begin working on secondary roads Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

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VIRGINIA BEACH-The 13News Now viewing area woke up to snow on the ground and ice on the road.

Now that the snow has stopped falling, Public Works crews and workers with VDOT are hitting the roads, trying to clear the main streets and highways.

Officials stress there are many areas where the roads are very slick, and that made for hazardous driving conditions ahead of the morning commute. Va. State Police asked drivers to give themselves plenty of time to get where you're going and be especially careful on roadways, bridges and overpasses where icy patches may exist.

The best advice? If you don't have to be on the roads Wednesday morning, stay home. 

Newport News officials say crews are sanding, salting and plowing major roadways with nine spreaders and 17 snow plows.

Suffolk Department of Public Works crews are plowing and treating primary roadways as are crews through Hampton Roads.

As crews across the region work to clear the roads, they stress that wet areas will quickly refreeze as the day ends due to extremely cold temperatures.

VDOT crews will continue to treat roads to increase traction and plow where needed.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel had Level 2 wind restrictions in the morning, meaning winds reached 47 MPH.
Check restrictions on the Bridge-Tunnel Website

Va. State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said officers hadn't responded to many incidents in the early morning hours, noting that people seemed to be heeding the warning to stay off the roads.

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