NORFOLK-Like all localities in the ABC13 viewing area, Norfolk crews doing their best to prepare the roads for the snow, sleet and ice.

The city issued a local declaration of emergency at noon, allowing officials to track storm expenditures for reimbursement.

Crews were out late Tuesday morning pre-treating bridges and overpasses and the snow plows are being put in position to roll.

They won't hit the roads until the snow starts, said City spokeswoman Lori Crouch.

When the snow begins to accumulate, city crews will focus snow removal on the primary routes which includes bridges/overpasses, downtown streets, and main arterial roads throughout the city. Crouch stresses that crews will not plow residential roads due to the size of the equipment and safety concerns.

Crews are working 24-hour shifts. Each shift has 21 trucks (9 combination plow/spreader, 7 plows and 5 spreaders only) and approximately 35-40 personnel.

The City of Norfolk has a Winter Weather webpage with tips for dealing with the freezing weather.

The HOPE Center shelter located on 19th Street in Norfolk is open for those seeking shelter from the snow and sub-freezing temperatures.

The shelter will remain open 24 hours a day until the coldest weather passes in order to keep people safe and warm. Meals will also be served three times a day during this time.

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