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Charlottesville Digs Out from Winter Storm

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A heavy, wet snow quickly turned all city roads treacherous Wednesday.  Crews hit the ground running once the snow started falling, but at some times, even the plow trucks had trouble. 

More than 100 calls came into the city's command center where a team kept tabs on where the trees and power lines came down as well as which streets plow trucks have hit. 

Charlottesville Public Works Director Judy Mueller said, "Real-time we can see where every truck is where every driver is, how fast they're going and how much of their route they've managed to complete." 

Roads improved within the city of Charlottesville throughout the day. By early afternoon, the main roads were clear with the plow trucks heading to the secondary streets.   The downtown mall is now passable, but sidewalks are still another matter.   

We caught up with some University of Virginia students walking down the middle of the road to their destination.  "We could not possibly have gotten out of our driveway."  Student Margaret Gelburd said, "It was way more work to get all the snow off our cars than to walk." 

Once the end of the snow is declared by the city manager, those in the city have 24 hours to shovel off their sidewalks or the city will charge you for having to do it.

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