March 10, 2014
While we've had a roller coaster ride with these temperatures, VDOT has had a little practice this year with snow. At the end of January, the last time we saw snow, it accumulated to be around an inch. It's not much but enough to get the trucks out and about on the roads. Thursday night could be much of the same. VDOT road crews will be heading out around midnight. Since this isn't a storm that caught them by surprise, VDOT says they're prepared, again.
"The people can prepare. The worst part is getting the call in the middle of the night and having to deploy people after it's already started. Typically when we get the weather report we get people out a couple hours earlier and get everything prepared," said Don Komara, VDOT Harrisonburg Resident Engineer.
Harrisonburg Public Works is also ready to go in a couple of hours, if need be. Komara also brought up a good point. With the weather warming up then getting colder at night, black ice can pop up. He suggests being defensive and leave space between you and other cars.