The Virginia Department of Transportation has spent nearly $70 million more than it budgeted for snow removal this winter even though there was far less snow than last year, the Washington Examiner reports.

VDOT officials said despite the fact there was less snow, the department has been more aggressive about deploying crews and spent heavily in anticipation of major snowstorms that never materialized.

The state had budgeted $97.1 million for de-icing and snow removal-- $3.4 million more than last year -- but still ended up spending more than $165 million through February.

Read more about VDOT and its snow budget in the Washington Examiner: