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Snow brings life to a standstill as storm moves through (UPDATE)

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Footprints in the snow along North Main Street in South Boston. / March 12, 2018
Southside Virginia schools are closed today after a light blanket of snow settled over the area — with accumulations not as great as previously predicted, but still enough to bring life to a standstill.

By mid-afternoon Monday, morning flurries had given way to a thick, heavy snowfall that coated Halifax, Pittsylvania and portions of Mecklenburg County. On Sunday, the National Weather Service had called for 1-3 inches to fall over Southside.

The unpredictable storm was expected to continue through the day. By 2 p.m., treacherous road conditions had led to widespread cancellations and office closings. Monday night meetings of South Boston Town Council and the Halifax County School Board were postponed.

Schools were cancelled in Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Pittsylvania counties and the City of Danville.

Halifax County emergency services coordinator Chad Loftis said his office is continuing to monitor the weather situation, and he praised the school division's decision to cancel classes Monday. "[T]he safety of our citizens is top priority so I personally would rather see them stay put than get caught trying to get home with some accumulation," he said.

Heading into Monday, the National Weather Service had cautioned that there are considerable uncertainties with what it described as a “complex storm system.” Temperatures are expected to rise to around 38 degrees Monday as morning snow and ice develops into a slushy mix with rain later in the day.

As schools shut down in anticipation of the storm, the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began preparations over the weekend for what was likely to a sloppy travel day on Monday.

Lynchburg District crews reported during Sunday night to concentrate on primary routes (those numbered 1-599), with plowing set to begin once appropriate snow accumulations have occurred.

While VDOT said the snow is expected to end during the evening hours Monday, motorists should anticipate icy conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps through Tuesday midday.

To monitor road conditions, use VDOT’s free 511 tools. Additional information about winter-weather preparations and response can be found on VDOT’s website at Local updates will be posted to VDOT’s Lynchburg District Twitter account.

The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

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