MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. -

The Virginia Department of Transportation has crews on standby as they continue to keep a close eye on Monday’s wintry mix.

The low temperatures mean you could see some icy roads on your morning commute.

Crews have been working since 1:30pm to make sure major roadways like Interstate 81 stay clear of any dangerous conditions.

Much of the day was spent putting brine down along I-81. Officials said the liquid mixture will help keep any ice from forming as we are expected to see sleet and freezing rain.

Crews covered I-81 beginning at the Christiansburg Mountain and continued all the way down to the Wythe County line.

VDOT also has snow plows on standby as they will be looking to clear the roads as soon as the first wintry mix of the season starts to fall.

"The brining will help keep the roads clear,” said VDOT spokeswoman Jamie Smith. “It will help the trucks with traction but that all depends on the actual weather we get."

VDOT is encouraging drivers to check weather conditions before they travel anywhere.

VDOT plans to have its safety service patrol in full force Monday night and into Tuesday morning. They will be looking for any stranded motorists on the side of the road.

They expect to be fully staffed by midnight.

VDOT reminds drivers to use caution in winter weather.

Here are some helpful tips when driving in these conditions:

·         Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling

·         Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination

·         Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles, particularly trucks treating the road

·         Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots, bridges and overpasses