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Substantial snow, but few serious accidents in central Virginia

State troopers handle 175 calls by noon, see few injuries

December 16, 2010|Joe Dashiell | Reporter

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Points east of Roanoke also saw plenty of snow Thursday, but many people in central Virginia heeded the warnings and kept their cars off the road.

In Lynchburg and on the roads of central Virginia, News 7 crews didn't see a single accident. That doesn't mean Virginia State Police had it easy, however. In the Appomattox Division, troopers had responded to more than 175 calls by noon, and close to one hundred crashes.  Few involved any injuries.

Snow plows lead the assault in Bedford County. On US 460, they found slippery conditions at mid-morning, but relatively few drivers on the road. 

In the City of Bedford, Jennifer Neel took aim with her snow shovel.   "We just try to keep on this because... the snow plow comes through and it buries us," Neel told News 7, "so if I can keep, if we keep this cleaned up, then we don't have any icing problems."

While Neel scraped the driveway, her children, Emily, Katie and Wyatt made snow angels, and hit the hill in their own backyard.

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In Lynchburg, we found Mike Tucker firing up a new snowblower outside his business, and the custodial staff at R.S. Payne Elementary clearing their sidewalks.

"It's not frozen yet," Akeem Brown told us, "so it's pretty easy to get it up and slide to the side you know."

Eleanor Jones said it could be worse. "No this is a good snow, not as bad as it was last year. Not yet."

We also caught up with a group of urban sledders who were tackling "the City of Seven Hills."

"I couldn't be more excited," Sean Clancy told us, "haven't smiled more."

"We expect to come back very wet and cold," said Stephen Baker.

"There's really nothing else to do besides sit inside," Grace Singletary added, "so why not get a couple of 12 dollar sleds and make a day of it."

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