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Extra Plows Out To Clear Way For Special Election In Loudoun, Fairfax Counties

In Virginia, workers from the Department of Transportation are out in force working to pre-treat roads in advance of the coming snow.

Transportation officials say more than 4,000 pieces of equipment are plowing and treating roads in Northern Virginia this morning.

Plows loaded with salt and sand are be staged to handle all problem areas, but they're paying extra attention to polling places in the 33rd Senate District, which includes portions of eastern Loudon and Western Fairfax Counties. That's because a special election is taking place today, and in an effort to prevent the weather from keeping voters away from the polls, more than 700 trucks will be dedicated to maintaing the streets of Loudoun County alone.

Forecasts are calling for accumulation of up to nine inches of snow in the western parts of the state.

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