- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With the biggest snowstorm of the season forecast, Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the Virginia Department of Transportation is up for the challenge.

Up to 1 foot of snow could blanket the far western region of the state Monday and Tuesday, with 4 to 9 inches expected throughout the rest of the state.

The governor’s office says up to 2,500 VDOT workers and contractors are prepared to work in shifts to treat roads and haul off snow. Nearly 12,000 pieces of equipment are at the ready, as well as more than 550,000 tons of salt, sand and other abrasives and 565,000 gallons of calcium chloride and brine.

VDOT said its goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

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