VDOT, southwest Virginia businesses prepare for possible winter storm amid staffing shortages

Safety in the Storm

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the Commonwealth braces for a possible winter storm this upcoming weekend, some people in southwest Virginia are wasting no time in preparing.

Northwest Ace Hardware in Roanoke says people are already visiting the store and buying the essentials like shovels and ice melt.

Like many businesses, the store has been dealing with a shortage of workers. However, the assistant manager of Northwest Ace Hardware, Michael Fitzgerald, says it will not have any negative effects on customers.

“We have been. We seem to be coming out of it now. We’re starting to get a pretty good crew in here. It’s been a challenge for a while,” Fitzgerald said.

In addition to businesses preparing for possible snow, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reportedly doing the same.

“We are certainly monitoring the weather forecast [for] the days ahead and we certainly are looking at our staffing and trying to make arrangements of course to shift resources around as needed to be able to plow snow,” said Jason Bond, communications manager for VDOT’s Salem District.

According to Bond, VDOT expects to have crews pretreat roads in “the next day or so,” but that could change depending on the temperatures and the type of precipitation.

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