Seven inches shuts down Southside
Many area businesses, as well as schools remained shut down on Friday morning as snow and ice still covered many local roadways. Winter Storm Inga passed through Mecklenburg on Wednesday, dropping about 7 or eight inches of snow, plunging temperatures back into the teens and causing several crashes through out the area.
The frozen precipitation began falling on Wednesday morning and didn’t let up until Thursday morning, causing 42 crashes in Mecklenburg and Lunenburg counties between Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and Thursday morning about the same time.
Local Virginia State Police do report far less vehicle crashes than previous snow events however.
“Compared to previous winter weather events, call volume was low. That’s attributed to this snow event being well advertised. Schools and many business made the decision to close the day prior. This contributed to fewer people attempting to brave conditions and travel,” advised Area 22 VSP.
Though the snow fell fast, local road crews have been working diligently to clear roadways and improve travel conditions.
“Our public works crew worked throughout the night to plow and treat our streets,” Kim Callis, South Hill Town Manager said on Thursday. “They have done a great job under some very challenging conditions. All roads in town have been plowed at least once. The major roadways through town are clear. Other main arteries (South Hill Ave, Goodes Ferry Rd, Lombardy St, Maple Ln, Thomas St, Windsor St have been plowed and treated with salt and are navigable. Residential side streets have all been plowed but will remain slippery until temperatures rise above freezing and we get a few hours of bright sunshine.
He added, “If people must travel, we simply ask that they drive slowly, increase following distance and be aware of pedestrians and sledders.”
Virginia State Police First Sgt. S. Leslie also commented on travel conditions, saying, “Though road crews have been hard at work on the roadways, they still remain treacherous. Many local roads, particularly secondary routes, are a solid sheet of ice. We are still advising folks to travel only if necessary. Though we are expecting to get above freezing late in the day, night time temperatures will fall below freezing. The roadway will again refreeze making for treacherous conditions during nighttime and morning hours. I don’t see any significant improvement until Sunday. It’s going to take multiple days above freezing to dissipate snow, ice, slush and water from the roadways.”
Leslie also offered some advice to staying safe in winter weather-
Clean the snow off your vehicle. At highway speeds snow and ice on the vehicle can be flung off the vehicle and hit other vehicles. Law requires you do this.
Dress appropriately. If you are involved in a highway incident you will be there for a while.
If you are involved in an incident get your vehicle out of the road and activate your emergency flashers and call #77 on your cellphone or 911.
Check on your neighbors. Particularly the elderly.
Do not call emergency numbers for updates on highway conditions. Go to 511Virginia.org or dial 511 from your cellular devise for roadway updates.