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VDOT preps roads early before the storm

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If you didn't hear the forecast, you can always tell it's going to snow by the crowds at the grocery store rushing to buy those staple storm items.

Kroger manager Gordon Cox says grocery stores always have to stock extra of certain items when the weather gets rough.

"The milk, the bread, the can good items, things that people will typically buy if they think they will be land locked at the house for a day or two," Cox said.

And you aren't the only ones preparing for the storm. While you were out getting those last minute winter essential items like bread and milk you may have noticed VDOT crews on the roads even 24 hours before the storm is expected to start.

They were out brining the roads and you won't believe how many gallons the Salem District has used already this winter.

60 thousand gallons, and that’s up from recent winters, yet we are only half way through this year’s season.

Crews have been in and out all day refilling their brine tanks which will make their job Wednesday a lot easier.

"When we do start plowing roads it will actually come up easier because that layer of salt water solution on the road actually helps the ice and snow from binding to the pavement," said VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond.

VDOT has been working to treat all the main roads and interstate in preparation for what is potentially the biggest snow event since 2010.

Bond says driver safety is a big concern.

"So if you really don't have to be out or if you can leave early or delay your trip until the road conditions improve that is really important. Don't be out driving during the storm," Bond said.

So even though crews have been working to pretreat those roads, if you have yet to make your routine pre-storm grocery trip you'll want to leave early in the morning to buy what you need.

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