With freezing temperatures and potential snow in the forecast, VDOT Hampton Roads began pretreating interstates and roads throughout the Hampton Roads area at 9 a.m. today to help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement and to assist with snow and ice removal. We will continue to monitor the low temperatures and road conditions over the next several days.

VDOT operators will work around the clock to clear all state-maintained roads. VDOT’s goal is to have state-maintained roads open and passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

The Hampton Roads District has 469 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT Hampton Roads has adequate supplies of sand, salt and salt brine to treat roadways as needed. VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter. VDOT has the capability to bring on more hired equipment if weather conditions deteriorate.

Throughout the winter storm, motorists are urged to avoid any unnecessary travel on icy or snow-covered roads. If you must travel, please allow VDOT snowplows adequate space to do their jobs. Motorists are also encouraged to visit 511virginia.org or call 511 for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions. Citizens can also follow VDOT Hampton Roads on Twitter at @VaDOTHR. Further information on travel conditions is available at: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.