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Southside digs out from snowstorm

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From top: Emarie Skelton creates a dragon from the snow; Ivy Saunders and her snow unicorn; below, Jamal and Charrell Simmons and their children build a snowman in the back yard. / February 26, 2015
Southside Virginia spent Thursday morning digging out of a soft snow that fell overnight, leaving accumulations of around 3-6 inches in most areas.

The snowfall also was an occasion for people to get out and play. In the Town of South Boston, a variety of snow figures adorned neighborhoods — including a snow unicorn created by Ivy Saunders on Fenton Street.

“This is my first unicorn,” she said.

VDOT road crews were out in force, clearing streets and roads with the aid of temperatures that hovered above freezing. Conditions were improving during the day as a mix of sun and temperatures in the mid-30s melted off some of the snow accumulation.

VDOT’s goal is to have every state-maintained road cleared within 48 hours after a storm ends.

The department reported that the storm had its greatest impact in southern and southeastern areas of the Lynchburg district — which includes Halifax and Pittsylvania counties on its southern border — with storm totals of up to 8 inches reported in Charlotte County.

“Sunshine will help with melting; however, temperatures are still low and will drop today when refreezing will likely occur,” cautioned VDOT in an advisory.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power reported scattered outages in the area as a result of fallen lines from the storm. Just before 1 p.m. Thursday, 961 customers in Halifax County were without power; in Mecklenburg County, 337 customers were without electricity. The two counties accounted for the vast majority of the 1,363 outages reported in Dominion’s Southside Virginia service area.

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