SALEM, Va. -

The dramatic temperature swings we've seen this winter will impact how roads look this spring.

The Virginia Department of Transportation anticipates a tough time keeping up with demand as more potholes continue forming.

VDOT can't start patching them up until the weather starts warming up.

That's when officials say they'll know how big of a problem they have.

"We do have the potential to have a lot of potholes this season but that's something we won't know until we get further along into the spring," said Jamie Smith with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Potholes are caused by a combination water freezing and thawing in the cracks in a road.  Smith says the dramatic temperature swings haven't helped things either.  The ground freezing and thawing will create air bubbles that will force the ground under the road to collapse and create a pothole.

To see more from VDOT, about potholes and how to report them, click here.