WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist
10:27 AM EST, January 17, 2013
WDBJ7 Meteorologist’s say we need the rain but for the Virginia Department of Transportation, prepping the roads for snow is impossible when it’s wet.
After two days of rain, VDOT has shut down nearly 40-roads in our region due to flooding.
Now, crews are preparing for snow.
Usually when a wintry storm is on the way, VDOT will start preparing the roads up to 48 hours in advance.
But after two days of rain, crews say the chemicals would have been a waste of resources. "We've had rain now for a couple of days, this storm has a potential to start out as rain before it could turn to snow so anything that we'd put on the road ahead of time would have just washed off," said Jason Bond public affairs manager.
Trucks and chemicals are in place and workers have been mobilized since 7 a.m. Thursday.
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