Snow falls and Floyd County copes

VDOT snowplow throws snow on U.S. 221 South of Floyd Friday morning. (Photos by Doug Thompson)
VDOT snowplow throws snow on U.S. 221 South of Floyd Friday morning.
(Photos by Doug Thompson)

The snow Friday comes and goes in bands: Some heavy, some moderate, some light. Some ice mixed in.

The forecasters still predict 15 to 20 inches before it all ends sometime Saturday night, followed by days of warmer rain and snow-melting rain.

The storm is still classified as a blizzard.  Many secondary roads in Floyd County were difficult to navigate Friday morning and frequent plowing by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) trucks did not provide much glimpse of pavement.  The temperatures were too low for chemicals to melt the accumulation and the snow kept falling.

At Floyd’s Express Mart Friday, trucks and a few cars came in for gas.  Hardees fed those in search of breakfast.  Case Clinger of Pizza Inn said he would remain open Friday night so VDOT crews would have a place to eat.

Several businesses — including Blue Ridge Restaurant and others — didn’t open Friday.  Same for Union Bank or The Bank of Floyd,  The Floyd Pharmacy was not open.  It will remain closed on Saturday.

Roger Hollandsworth of Express Mart said he planned to be open during daylight hours on Friday and Saturday as well as normal hours on Sunday. The Friday Night Jamboree was cancelled for Friday night but the store was serving food during the day.

An accident involving a tractor trailer was reported on Christiansburg Pike.

Current weather update from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg:

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST SUNDAY…

* LOCATIONS… MOST OF SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA… EAST TO ALONG AND NORTH OF HIGHWAY 460 FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY EAST TO LYNCHBURG AND APPOMATTOX.

* HAZARD TYPES… HEAVY SNOW… SOME SLEET THIS AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS… ADDITIONAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 12 TO 18 INCHES… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE NORTH OF ROANOKE… AND ALSO NEAR AND NORTHEAST OF APPOMATTOX.

* TIMING… SNOW CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES. SOME SLEET THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS… SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL IMPACTS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BECOME IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY AREAS. WINDS WILL BE GUSTY ESPECIALLY LATER TONIGHT AND SATURDAY WHICH COULD RESULT IN LOWER VISIBILITIES AND BLOWING SNOW.

* WINDS… NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES… IN THE MID 20S.

More later today…

A pedestrian leans into blowing snow on Oxford Street.
A pedestrian leans into blowing snow on Oxford Street.
Snow-covered U.S. 221 at Pine Creek north of Floyd.
Snow-covered U.S. 221 at Pine Creek north of Floyd.

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