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Valley Residents Deal with Snow Conditions

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Things are melting in the Shenandoah Valley but there's still a lot of snow to contend with.

Waynesboro got more than a foot of snow, and more snow than that has been reported at some locations. Plows were out on the roads Wednesday evening.

Even as crews cleared Route 340 at Rosser Avenue, VDOT was still reporting moderate conditions on primary roads – including the interstates across the Shenandoah Valley – and severe conditions on secondary roads.

A big concern was power lines. Sagging trees continued to take down lines and knock out power to thousands of customers.

Tony Evans, who lives in Lyndhurst and lost power early Wednesday morning, loaded a newly purchased generator into his truck, along with a brand new snow blower.

"Bought the generator for my freezer/refrigerator," Evans said.

He braved the snow and tree-covered roads to get to Waynesboro's Lowe's store.

"There's a whole bunch of trees down around where I live. Bunch of pine trees, limbs on lines. It's just a mess," Evans said.

Don Conklin lives in New Hope. He's taking home a new generator to prepare for a long haul without power.

"Saw a lot of trees laying down on the lines, so I decided to go ahead and get it," Conklin said.

More than 49 percent of Dominion customers in Waynesboro were without power most of Wednesday morning.

"Most places are closed. People want to come out and just see the weather. This is a bad time to do it. We're in a very critical situation right now," said Waynesboro Police Sergeant Brian Edwards.

City police say 911 was inundated with hundreds of calls for help.

"We've been prioritizing them from emergency situations almost down to idiotic," Edwards said.

Waynesboro police responded to mostly minor accidents. Wreckers pulled stranded drivers, including jack-knifed tractor trailers, out of the snow.

Debra Wallace made the drive from her job in Craigsville to home in Waynesboro.

"Oh my God. It was horrible. You know, to get to Craigsville, you gotta come down North Mountain. Oh, it was terrible," Wallace said.

It took her three hours on the roads and then she had to walk the rest of the way through an unplowed city street.

"I'm on my way home!" Wallace said.

The city of Waynesboro and Red Cross have opened up a shelter at Kate Collins Middle School Wednesday night for anyone who does not have power in the city.

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