Stories and photos from the Feb. 12-13, 2014 snowstorm.
Conditions on major roads in the Lynchburg area have improved, but icy roads are still a possibility, the Virginia Department of Transportation said Friday morning.
As Lynchburg businesses prepare for St. Valentine’s Day, the snowstorm has put many romantic plans on ice. “Today’s deliveries were nonexistent,” Carolyn Johns, officer manager at Kathryn’s Flower & Gift Shop, said Thursday afternoon.
While tiny icy flakes dropped in the wind around 1 p.m. Thursday, adding another layer to the 10-plus inches that fell overnight, a man in a Dallas Cowboys stocking hat rode a tractor clearing a path on part of the sidewalk on Rivermont Avenue.
Amherst County residents, for the most part, have been mindful of the adverse weather conditions affecting central Virginia. Despite snowfalls close to or exceeding a foot, accidents have been minimal in Amherst County, according to Public Safety Director Gary Roakes.
As Bedford woke up under a heavy blanket of snow Thursday, town pedestrians who ventured downtown stepped into deep piles covering the sidewalks.
UPDATED: 12:50 p.m.: Virginia State Police responded to more than 3,300 calls for service thus far, as snow continues to fall across the commonwealth.
More than 250 crashes and 170 disabled vehicles were reported in the two state police divisions serving the Lynchburg area between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, police said Thursday morning.
Electric utility line crews will be working 14-hour days or longer to fix power outages caused by the winter storm hitting Virginia.
Appalachian Power is moving resources to Roanoke and other parts of its service area ahead of the worst winter storm of the season.
As the first flakes of the forecasted winter storm drop today, there are several safety precautions to keep in mind. And remember, too, that while this storm is expected to last into Thursday, its aftermath has the potential to affect us through the weekend.
The Roanoke Times' weather columnist explains the science of why the upcoming storm could mean plenty of snow for everyone.
Just when residents of the Dan River Region thought they would see a reprieve from winter, it appears there is more snow in the forecast this week.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a winter storm warning Tuesday afternoon, predicting increased snowfall numbers from earlier forecasts.
UPDATE 6AM, 2/10: The Weather Prediction Center has placed most of Virginia in a moderate risk of 4+ inches of snow for the period from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, with a high risk of 4+ inches and slight risk of 12+ inches for much of western Virginia including the Roanoke and New River valleys. (Maps at left) ... Forecast guidance is growing to support a significant to possibly major Miller A type winter storm (Gulf Coast to East Coast track) with widespread 6+ inch possibly 12+ snowfall totals in much of our region on Wednesday into Thursday morning. There is some chance of sleet mixing lowering totals especially in Southside and eastward. Winter storm watches are likely to be issued by late afternoon if current forecast expectations hold. I would emphasize strongly this is NOT an Alberta clipper or hard-to-track small disturbance with a narrow, easily misplaced snow band as we have seen earlier this season, but a large-scale Gulf of Mexico to East Coast storm tra…
Destin Tanner works to dig his car out of the snow on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Va., February 13, 2014. (Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance)
George Sink (left) and Phoebe Stevens ride sleds down Seventh Street, which was closed due to the snow, in Lynchburg, Va., February 13, 2014. (Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance)
Isaiah and Zion Ufema throw snow balls at each other while playing in Wyndhurst on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Jill Nance
Susan VanNice poles through the snow to a friend's house along Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Va., February 13, 2014. (Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance)
Jerelle Morse (left) and Lexus Morton give up trying to dig Morton's car out of the snow on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Va., February 13, 2014. (Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance)
Joe Routh with Lynchburg City Public Works uses a snow blower to remove the snow from the sidewalks in front of City Hall on Thursday morning. Photo by Jill Nance
Downtown Lynchburg wakes up to inches of snow on Thursday morning. Photo by Jill Nance
Some areas saw 10 inches of snow by early Thursday morning.
Roads glossed over quickly as snow began falling in the Lynchburg area Wednesday afternoon. By the time the sun set, roads such as Roxbury Street were already difficult to navigate.
Four-wheel drive vehicles were helpful navigating on Roxbury Street Thursday morning.
Carson Kavanaugh is all concentration as he takes on a hill at Randolph College in Lynchburg Thursday afternoon.
A snow ice mix began falling around noon Thursday in Lynchburg.
Bobby Setliff at work with a snow blower on the sidewalks in downtown Bedford Thursday.
With a snow filled Peaks of Otter in the background, Bedford downtown streets were cleared but sidewalks were still
10 inches or more thick with snow.
Charles Coles shovels snow out of his driveway on Burks Hill Road in Bedford.
A view of U.S. 460 early Thursday morning, Bedford Elementary School is on the right.
Virginia 122 near the U.S. 460 exit early Thursday morning.
A VDOT truck plows down Burks Hill Road in Bedford County THursday morning.
Bobby Setliff, a Bedford County maintenance worker, uses a snow blower in front of the social services offices in downtown Bedford Thursday morning
A view of U.S. 460 eastbound at Alum Springs road at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Joe Routh uses a snow blower to clear the sidewalk outside Lynchburg City Hall this morning
Lynchburg roads were covered with snow Thursday morning.
Lynchburg woke up Thursday morning to more than half a foot of snow on the ground.
Lynchburg Police closed a portion of U.S. 29 near the Main Street exit Wednesday evening after a tractor-trailer ran off the road.
Mr. "Be" Copeland spreads salt in the parking lot at Frances' Flowers ahead of the storm in Lynchburg, Va., February 12, 2014.
Eric and Anne Kistler walk through Riverside Park as the snow starts to come down on Wednesday afternoon.
Robin Levandoski walks home from work along Boonsboro Road through heavy snow around 4:30 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va., February 12, 2014.
Bianca Jones waits for the bus on Rivermont Avenue on Wednesday afternoon as the snow starts to come down.
Cars struggle to make it up a hill on Holcomb Rock Road Wednesday evening.
Enterprise Drive is at a standstill near the Apple Market convenience store.
Burt Sellers and Peyton Sellers attach a plow in preparation for the storm.
In this February file photo, Bobby Setliff uses a snow blower on the sidewalks in downtown Bedford. Bedford officials are calling for an investigation into why the town's January electric bill was $500,000 higher than normal.
In this February file photo, a Virginia Department of Transportation truck plows down Burks Hill Road in Bedford County.
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