Localities prep for winter weather’s arrival on Wednesday

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(WFXR) – With winter weather coming into the area early Wednesday, many localities are making plans on keeping the roads as clear as possible.

VDOT is urging drivers to avoid travel during the storm as significant icing is expected – especially along and south of Route 460. Significant snow is in the cards for locations further north.

On Tuesday, VDOT has been working to pre-treat major roads and interstates with a salt/water solution ahead of the storm that, while it doesn’t stop ice or snow from accumulating on the surface, it does help crews with de-icing or snow removal.

In Roanoke, crews will monitor the potential for snow in the area.

If snow accumulates on the streets, city officials will aim to clear 95-percent of the snow from major streets and Valley Metro bus routes within 24 hours after the snowfall ends.

Once that is accomplished, snow removal crews will work to clear 90-percent of neighborhood streets during the following 24 hours.

Crews will be working around-the-clock, depending on the severity of the event.

To help speed up the snow-removal process, residents are urged to park their vehicles in a driveway or on one side of the street (the side with odd-numbered houses) which helps to ensure that plows will have enough room to effectively and safely clear neighborhood streets.

Updates will be provided online during the course of the event as well as through the city’s social media pages and by email using the MyRoanoke notification system. To register for My Roanoke notifications, click here.

In Southside, where ice could be the primary threat, crews are also working ahead of the storm to pre-treat roads.

In Danville, the Public Works Department is pre-treating main thoroughfares, bridges and overpasses on Tuesday.

Crews will continue to monitor street conditions during the storm and will respond as needed.

In Lynchburg, the Public Works Department says they are prepared to respond to the event and will have crews working with spreader operations conducted as needed.

All bulk and brush collection will be suspended on Wednesday but will resume on Thursday, in Lynchburg.

The Virginia State Police is warning residents to avoid travel on Wednesday, unless in an emergency.

VSP is also preparing for the impending winter weather and will have all available troopers on patrol to handle possible traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

State Police say that if you must travel:

  • Know Before You Go! Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions by visiting 511virginia.org or download the VDOT 511 app.
  • Clear ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle before you travel.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Drive for the conditions – slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Buckle up.
  • Avoid distractions. Put down your phone.
  • Do not call 911 for #77 road conditions

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