Getting from here to there in Staunton and Waynesboro is a challenging proposition Thursday. It's all about digging in, hanging on and helping out.
Plow operators like Keith Waugh are the first to wake up and get to work when others get a snow day. And there's a lot of work to do with more than a foot of snow piled up on pavement in the Shenandoah Valley.
There's also snow business for Whitey Guy, with Josh's Paving. He'll plow 10 or more driveways and parking lots by Thursday's end. Even his four-wheel drive finds it tough to barrel through snow so deep; he says he got stuck twice Thursday morning.
Dan Shiflett started shoveling his family's cars out early Thursday morning, but they can’t go far with the unplowed neighborhood streets around Waynesboro.
The Cobb family was trying to get to their Wintergreen destination to enjoy this fresh powder – but they got stuck.
“We're going to have to ski in the parking lot I guess,” Becky Cobb said.
In those snowy conditions, the kindness of others is invaluable to some drivers. Strangers helped shovel and shove a tractor-trailer that got stuck on Windigrove Drive Thursday.
And employees at the Holiday Inn Express in Waynesboro offered helping hands to drivers who needed it. Eric Washington, manager at the hotel, said, “Every car that goes through here gets stuck, and we're just trying to help them get through.”
That kind of courtesy may be vital Friday, depending on what happens overnight.