VDOT warns drivers of refreezing roads

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to take extra precautions on the roads Monday night because of the risk for refreezing.

VDOT crews have been working since Sunday to make sure roads were clear of snow, ice and sleet.

The warmer temperatures Monday helped crews clean up the roads to make sure they were safe for travelers.

However, VDOT said the moisture on the roads still poses a risk to freeze overnight, which could turn into black ice.

Will Merritt, a spokesperson for VDOT, said roads at higher elevations face a bigger risk for freezing.

He said they will have crews working overnight to make sure those roads are safe.

"Tonight, we'll be on duty as well, treating bridges and overpasses as well as areas of higher elevation, which tend to freeze first when temperatures drop below freezing," said Merritt.

Although the higher elevation roads face a bigger risk of refreezing, Merritt said every road has a potential to freeze because of how cold it is expected to be.

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