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AFTER THE FALL
SoVaNow.com / February 17, 2014A warming trend this weekend helped Halifax County residents dig out under from a winter storm that dumped six-10 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday, with the forecast over the next few days promising even more melting action to come.
Even so, much of the area remained under a cover of white this weekend, and many motorists struggled to get moving again as roadplows piled snow high along area roadways, blocking driveways and vehicles behind mounds of dirt-caked ice.
Halifax County and the rest of Southside got hit with a double whammy snowfall this week. The first flakes started falling on Wednesday shortly after 1 p.m., quickly accumulating on roads and trees. With precipitation continuing through the evening, roads became almost impassable and few vehicles ventured out.
After a respite from the snowfall on Thursday morning, the afternoon brought almost blizzard-like conditions, laying a new cover of white on the small number of roads — mostly primary highways — that had been cleared following Wednesday night’s storm.
VDOT reported significant progress Friday clearing roadways in the Lynchburg district, aided by temperatures that reached in the mid-50s.
The forecast for Monday calls for daytime highs in the low- to mid-40s, with temperatures rising to 58 on Tuesday and into the mid-60s on Wednesday and Thursday.
The snowfall forced the cancellation of school on Thursday and Friday, using up the ten banked snow days which had been built into the calendar. School trustees last week scheduled a snow make-up day for Monday, March 17, which had originally been set for a teacher work day. Trustees also are looking at the possibility of cancelling spring break to offset school days lost to inclement winter weather.
Not only did schools close, but most everything else came to a standstill, too, last week. Postal employees said mail trucks were unable to get through from Roanoke and no mail was delivered from the South Boston post office on Thursday morning.
Accumulations varied across the county from six-eight inches in the towns of South Boston and Halifax. In Clover, Fire Chief Bert Martin said the area got about ten inches.
Sgt. Owen of the Virginia State Police on Sunday afternoon said his department ran a lot of calls, but were fortunate in that most of them were cases where drivers slid into ditches, unhurt. “I’ll bet we didn’t have ten reportable accidents,” Owen said, after acknowledging that he had not had time to review all of the reports.
“That just shows that people around here were prepared. and if they had to drive, they did it properly,” Owen said. But he warned that freezing temperatures over night may result in slick spots on the local roads and urged drivers to continue to exercise extreme caution.
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