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Potential winter storm calls for road preparation from VDOT and TDOT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Forecasts of a winter storm coming through on Sunday has the Tri-Cities region preparing for winter weather and safe road conditions.

The Virginia Department of Transportation(VDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation(TDOT) will use the same protocol through all winter storms.

VDOT'S Bristol District has $16.8 million of the state's $205 million for snow removal during the winter season.

VDOT and TDOT say that they are prepared. They will be monitoring this winter storm closely.

"Once we have a good time range of when the snow begins, we'll start working in 12 hour shift," said Michelle Earl, Communications Manager for VDOT Bristol District. "So we will keep that schedule going through out the life of the snow storm."

The same preparation in seen in Tennessee.

"We're fine as far as our salt supplies are concerned," said Mark Nagi, Community Relations for TDOT. "Our crews are ready to work and they stay on the job as long as is necessary."

If it rains a day before the snow storm, VDOT and TDOT said they will not salt the roads because the rain will wash it away. but, they will have snow plows on the road once it starts snowing.

In order to track the storm's impact, VDOT encourages people in Virginia to download an app, called 511 Virginia. 

"We do have a 511 app available on Apple and Android phones and it can give you all the traffic cameras that we have," Earl said.

The Washington County Tennessee Road Superintendent says they will not pre-treat roads but snow plows will go out when it starts snowing. Major routes will be targeted first, then secondary areas, and lastly subdivisions. Washington County has 45 snow plows in stock.


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