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Snow Hits Some Parts of VA, Dusts Others

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Snowfall hit some parts of Virginia harder than others Tuesday.

Students in Fluvanna County got a break from the books, but the snow day didn't come with much snow. Nevertheless, many people grabbed food to stock the fridge and shovels just in case.

A light mist was all most of the county saw but employees at Troy Market and Deli and E.W. Thomas Grocery say they stayed busy.

“It’s like a mad rush,” said Elizabeth Dowd, who works at Troy Market and Deli. “Everybody wants to get their essentials and get home.”

The snow got a late start in Charlottesville, but it became a messy situation by Tuesday night. As the temperatures began to dip into single digits, driving became more treacherous.

"Everybody is driving pretty slow, the back roads are pretty slick," said Victor Wheeler, who braved the roads Tuesday evening. "They're getting pretty bad but everybody is going about 25 to 30 miles an hour down 29."

Another driver, Keith Gearhart, said, "There's a few places on the bypass where it's kind of covered up. For the most part roads are passable; you just have to go slow."

Things were a bit heavier over in the Shenandoah Valley, where steady snow started falling around 8 a.m. There was a brief break in the afternoon but then it picked back up. The Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors combined to have more than 800 pieces of equipment out in the valley, plowing and salting interstates 81 and 64 and primary roads.

“Even though it’s only the middle of January, they’ve had plenty of rehearsals with some of the smaller storms we’ve had,” said VDOT spokesperson Ken Slack.

As for Tuesday night, VDOT says its main concern is to keep drifting snow from sticking to cleared pavement and creating icy conditions for drivers.

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