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roads are snow covered. crews are out. you see the black tracks there. that's where they came out and plowed it. >> we have live team coverage as we are monitoring the conditions across southwest virginia. first an update on what the storm is doing right now. christina, it's been snowing in some parts now for more than 12 hours. >> we have totals 5 to 7 inches in some areas. we are waking up to a winter wonder land as temperatures climb this is going to change into ice and then rain. if you're an early bird you will enjoy the snow. if you wait longer, mainly going to see ice and rain mixing in. winter storm warning will remain in effect until noon. moderate to heavy snow showers going on right now. at this point most of us are getting a lot of snowfall. as we check into the south, you can see some of that pink showing up. that's icing we'll start to see
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afternoon. this afternoon we will have areas of freezing rain and a big break across the region. this is not going to be an all day area wide event. we are going to is a have several lulls, breaks in the activity tonight. a lot of that ice will change into plain rain showers and it could be heavy at times. now coming up at 5:10, we'll break everything down for you hour by hour. how much more snow we're expecting today and how much ice we're expecting later this morning into the overnight hours. patrick and jenna. snow is making for dangerous conditions on roadways this morning. give you a live look. this is just 460 in lynchburg. you can see the snow covering the roads. you can see black strips there where the crews have moved through. certainly be careful if you have to head out. if you don't have to, just stay home as the snow turns to ice later.
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says to look farther ahead than you normally would and pay close attention to bridges and ramps. those freeze first. be awill effort for black ice, it's going to make you slip and slide. slow down and leave more space. if your car starts to skid, steer into the direction you want your car to go. before leaving, make sure you clear all of the snow off of your car. if you're going to catch a flight, you may have to rethink your plans. take a look at the airport sky cam. as you can see, snow covering a lot of that area and flakes still coming down. this is causing cancellations and delays. check your flight information before heading to the airport. if you're flying out of lynchburg, all flights have been canceled until 5:20 tonight. most of the cancellations are for flights heading to and from charlotte, north carolina. one of the areas expecting to see some of the higher snowfall totals today is the
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bethany join asking us there with our team coverage with more on what we're seeing. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the snow started for us here in the new river valley between 4:00 and 5:00 yesterday evening. that's about what we were expecting to see. it seems like it has been pretty steady since yesterday evening. now there were actually a good handful of people on the roads this morning. more than we were expecting to see. certainly as you mentioned a lot to be cautious about if you are one of those pokes on the roads or if you do have to head out later on. listing most road conditions as moderate. expect to see snow and ice covering much of the roads. that goes for primary and second tear roads as well as the interstates and happies as well. for some that's obviously an inconvenience. for other people, not having anywhere to be is exactly what
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>> class is canceled, that'd be nice. that'd be great. >> reporter: he got his wish k as well as thousands of other students as in a pretty rare move virginia tech has canceled classes for monday. jenna, patrick. >> a lot of happy students out there with no class. we know radford university as well, classes canceled. >> they'll be enjoying that later today. have you seen many people out or are most people heeding the warning to stay inside? >> i was on the roads around 3:00 or so and i passed several people. it was more than what i was expect fog see, especially at that hour. so again, if you are one of the folks if you have to be out there, go ahead and allow plenty of extra time. it took us a lot of extra time to get to our destination. make sure you're allowing extra time, you're careful. if you don't have to be there, stay at home. >> lots of big flakes flying there behind you. bethany teague reporting,
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in south side this morning, much of the same snow. this is a live look from u.s. 220 in martinsville. as you can see snow covering the roads there. some spots though it looks like they've plowed through. that's good news. this is video of the snow coating roads in danville around 9:00 last night. overnight drew crews have been monitoring streets. it usually takes 24 to 36 hours after the snow event has ended to clear all residential streets. danville transit fixed route service will operate on snow routes there morning. and with the snow there's potential for widespread outages because freezing rain will form as ice on power lines and tree limbs so they warn you get prepared now. with this winter weather we want to remind you download our storm team 10 news and weather apps. it includes school closings, delaying an travel conditions.
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website wsls.com for the latest information there. school closings and delays. most everything closed today. >> yes. christina joins us again with a look at our forecast as we head throughout the day. most people seeing snow right now. >> most of us are getting moderate to heavy snowfall. our winter storm warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow because of the snow and changing into ice later on. at the moment we're looking at almost be area wide moderate to heavy snow. getting a little bit of a break right now. in is going to move to the north over the next few hours here. just to our south, that is ice where we're finding slightsly warmer temperatures. we'll tap into some of this warmer air later in the morning and especially into the overnight hours. that's what will lead to that icing. through about 9:00 this morning, area wide snow as we are well below freezing. you'll start to see the pink lifting in. there's the mixing of ice and
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most of the snow will remain north of 460 for the afternoon hours. later afternoon into early evening, we're going to get a big break in the activity. nothing will be falling for several locations for several hours. an then into the evening overnight, more of this pink or ice will start to mix in. especially along the blue ridge parkway. after midnight temperatures start to climb above frozing. instead of getting cooler, we are getting warmer. that will lead to all rain heading into early tomorrow morning. by tomorrow afternoon we'll finally start to see things tapering off, just a little bit of snow left in our higher elevations. we've already seen a significant amount of snow. we're expecting app additional 2 to 4 inches along and west of the blue ridge parkway. our eastern counties an additional 1 to 3. you've seen a lot of snowfall though. we're waking up to a winter wonderland. jonathon is right outside the studio right now enjoying that fresh snow.
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i have to give a shoutout to our photographer chris. he mentioned i was walking into work and saw these clumping dendrites. patrick and jenna know what we're talking about with the last system. the pristine picturesque snow flakes peopled togetherring. for most of us, we have about 5 inches on the studio outside on our patio. across the area, if we can take a look at snowfall totals. pretty good numbers. 6 inches. at last check, blacksburg, almost 5 and a half. lynchburg around 4-inches. in williamsburg about three and a half inches. we are going to continue to see this through the morning. later on this evening and especially the afternoon these breaks, we'll see patches of sleet and freezing rain while we're in that major lull. but later on this evening around the evening commute, we'll see things start to fill in a bit.
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a quarter of app inch. that's a pretty significant ice event, especially on top of all the snow we've got. some places could approach a half inch. this is something we'll continue to track closely after about midnight or so. the good news is, look at the new in your opinions over the next couple of days. we'll see temperatures in the 40s tomorrow. so that's going to start to help things over the next couple of days. looking forward to saturday and sunday. yes. those are 60s on that seven day forecast. just hunker down, get through this. spring is going to try to make an appearance. >> there was a collective cheer in the studio. >> greatest looking forecast ever. >> looking at the seven day. we are so excited about those 60s. >> wow. >> just block today and tomorrow out and just pretend it's the weekend. >> you missed it. jenna did her push the walls dance. >> signature move. >> i think that deserves the
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>> it was very appropriate. this is a live look at winter green resort this morning. that area expecting to see a significant snowfall. you see it there, those cameras shifting around. the total of 7 to 8 inches expected. >> good for skiers. stay with us. we'll have more on the latest
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snowfall since about 7:00 last night. so far that's gotten us about three inches of snow here. it's getting fairly deep out here. the funny thing is it's actually kind of warmer than it has been all weekend. not unpleasant to be outside. as for road conditions they are snow covered. vdot did send out an advisory saying driving will continue to be treacherous. we can expect freezing rain along with snowfall. the prediction is about 6 infrastructures to a foot of snow by the time the storm passes us. this is another one of those mornings where vdot is advising people not to take to the roadways. the only people we've seen out on the roads are plow trucks getting these roads clear for people. the priority for vdot is to
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the name of the game is patience as we wait for crews to make the roads passable for all drivers. >> have you seen many people out? are you just seeing plow drivers this morning? >> it is the beginning of the morning commute. it cements like most drivers are heeding that warning. we haven't seen many people out. mostly flat trucks, vdot trucks or people with four wheel drivers. we'll have to see as the morning progresses and we'll keep an eye on conditions as it continues throughout the morning. in covington. >> thank you. >> certainly good news there. most everything is closed. no reason to have to try to get out. that full list there at the top of your screen and on wsls.com. turning back to our forecast. another look at what we can >> good morning. most of the snow will be
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and then we are going to switch over to that ice and then rain. our winter storm warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow with those conditions getting even worse as that ice starts to fall. we've seen most of the snow overnight. we're waking up to a lot of snow on the ground, on average about 4 to 7 inches across the region. we'll break it down further in a bit. seeing a break in the highlands. most of us seeing moderate to heavy snowfall right now. late morning into the early afternoon. sleet mixing into this. this afternoon, areas of freezing rain. you run the risk of having power outing ans. i do want to stress there's going to be a big break in the activity. several areas will see nothing falling from the sky for several hours. overnight we'll see more precipitation filling in. that will mainly be in the tomorrow of ice and rain showers after about midnight.
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on top of that we're expecting an additional 2 to 4. that's mainly it the western half of the region and eastern conditions, an additional 1 to 3 possible. here's where we're expecting dangerous road conditions. the ice accumulation, about a tenth of an inch to quarter inch of rain. the ice mixing in overnight, especially right along the blue ridge parkway. again, just be extra safe. if you're into that fluffy snow to play in, do that this morning before the ice and rain kicks in later in the day. jenna and patrick. >> thanks, christina. we are tracking accidents in time saver traffic. >> northbound lanes shut down on interstate 81. it's going to be at mile marker 92. right at the taper exit. if you're heading northbound,
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route 100 as an alternate there. mile marker 5.6 on i-77. this is going to be coming up, tractor trailer has one northbound lane closed. just past christiansburg on interstate 81 an accident there has one lane shut down there as well. live look for you now. >> be careful if you're headed out on the roads. you're seeing a lot of plow truck drivers right mow. this is interstate traffic we're looking at. vdot advising you to stay off the roads. i was there this morning on the roads and they are still snow covered in some areas. saw quite a few drivers stuck on the interstate. southwest virginia continues under a winter tomorrow warning,. >> live team coverage continuing with what you need to know. here's a look at some of the photos we've received from you.
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welcome back to virginia today here on wsls 10. the time now is 5:23. >> that snow it is continuing to fall for us outside. some places seeing it at an inch an hour. we saw that pretty common this morning. >> for more on what we're seeing now and all of the ice moving in later today, storm team 10 meteorologist joins us live in downtown roanoke.
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that could potentially cause some widespread power outages. >> that's right. when you talk about widespread power outage, you need to get closer to that half inch marker inch. in spots that's possible later on. that won't come into the area until later on this afternoon and ago. fluff. good for skiing out here. after midnight. midnight, 3:00 time frame. it was coming down in big clumps. we have about four inches in the last three hours or so. we're up around that five inch ballpark there on the ruler. if we can zoom out and show you the roads behind us. that's about how much snow we have on the roads as well. plows around as we have that peaceful quiet as the snow is falling. we can hear the plows in the background.
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-- getting their jobs done and getting the roads cleaned. you see here in town at least we still have a lot of snow on the roads. mention the ice. this snow is going to go through several phases. right now it's that fluffy, puffy snow, good for sled riding and skiing. once we get some of that snow to met, we get some of the ice on top of that, some of the freezing rain t be more snowball snow. i'll have more on that in about ten minutes. reporting live in roanoke, jonathan kegges. >> you didn't say anything about snowball making. is this good snowball making snow? >> this is not. you're stealing some of the thunder from us. we'll talk about when it might be better snowball snow. right now it's that real powdery stuff, guys. and we'll get more of that snowball snow later. we'll get some of that water from the freezing rain -- give some water content to this fluff. >> thanks so much. >> he's like a kid in a candy store. he's ready to nail all of us
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>> don't walk outside near him. the snow continuing to fall later today. some areas will see ice. >> we are following several virginia. traffic. 92. major delays expected here. there's a tractor trailer accident that has all of the northbound lanes shut town. accident that has the shoulder shut down interstate 81 just north of christiansburg and on i-77 there's a tractor trailer accident that has one lane shut down on i-77 near the north carolina border. >> this is a live look this morning at one of those areas. i-81 and pulaskey. traffic back ups there about a mile long. wsls 10 is on the road in the roanoke valley with our live mobile traffic cam.
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>> reporter: we are on 581 right now north, headed back toward the peter street road exit. we've been seeing a lot of snow and plows on the roads. still a layer of snowen the road. a little bit thick on the road -- slick for sure. the snow has been blowing around a bit on the road as well. we've seen some vehicles but for the most part we've been seeing the plows. vdot is urging everybody to stay off the roads this morning. i spoke with roanoke county police. they tells us they haven't heard after lot of incidents, they haven't gotten a lot of calls. once the snow started falling last night they're hoping the same happens today. as of right now we're not seeing a lot of cars on the road. if you do have to head out on the road this morning, most of the roads, even the main ones like 581 still covered with a layer of snow. they are going to be slick.
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her with a live look at all the roads as we head throughout the morning. what you're seeing, that's what a lot of them look like. some worse than that. we check in with vdot live. this is a live look from the covington area. >> seeing the roads still snow covered there as well. at least not a lot of cars. a few out and about. more on latest conditions from the roanoke and new river
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team drive safe and try to stay off the roads as much as you can. >> wsls 10 continues tracking this winter storm with live updates on slick road conditions. we have updates for you from across southwest virginia
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continues with what you need to know. >> good morning. thanks so much for joining us. >> we've talked about it. storm team 10 talked about this for days and days. now it is here as our winter weather is now underway. give you a live look this morning at what ewe face on the roadways. this was your commute in. >> yes, this was 419 on to interstate 81. you see it there. i saw several drivers stuck on interstate 81. lots of snowplows out though. more than a dozen out on the commute. but you can see lots of snow covered roads still out there this morning. and this morning vdot is urging drivers to stay off the streets due to slick and potentially dangerous conditions. >> be careful as you head out this morning. as we go from the star city to the highlands. the new river valley. we have team coverage of this winter event. >> first we take a look at where the storm is right now.
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tracking the latest conditions. >> good morning. we woke up to a lot of snow. we're seeing area wide moderate to heavy snowfall. our winter storm warning will remain in effect through noon tomorrow. that is for the entire region. as this snow is going to be this morning. right now we are watching moderate to heavy snow showers across most of the area. just with the exception of a pocahontas and highland counties. to the south you're noticing that pink starting to mix in. that is ice. that's what we're going to see this morning between about 8:00 and 11:00 starting from the south and working its way north as we start to see some of that warmer air funneling in. this afternoon we are going to get a huge break in the activity. a lot of areas will see nothing at all. during this break we're going to have some areas of freezing rain throughout the region. pretty widely scattered. that will start as ice and change over into rain.
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the local view hour by hour at 5:40. we'll let you know how much snow we are expecting on top of what we already have and how much ice we are expecting starting later this morning. jenna and patrick. >> thanks vdot rue crews are out on the roads working to stop snow from piling up. >> vdot spokesperson joining us live. talk to us about the conditions that folks are seeing out and about this morning. >> everything at this point is pretty much snow covered. we've seen several inches of heavy snowfall throughout region. our snowplows are making repeated passes but things are continuing to cover. these very cold temperatures are creating some challenges. our salt doesn't work as effectively so we're having to add liquid calcium chloride to prewet it. >> what's the difference between this snow storm and the
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recently? are we seeing differences? >> the biggest difference is the temperatures. it's been so cold. it's remaining cold. the salt doesn't work as effectively. we have to add that prewetting chemical. we are seeing ice with this storm, so we're very concerned about that. it's a very difficult situation for ice. we treat it with chemicals and abrasives and wait for warmer temperatures to help us out. >> jason, seems like the new river valley is where we're seeing the bigger problems with four accidents now. i'm imagining likely due to the incline there on that interstate. >> we've also seen more snowfall in the nrv so far, giles, montgomery, cray counties. blowing snow because it is a powdery snow. that's creating visibility issues and challenges with plowing it. >> jason bond joins us live on the phone.
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as we mentioned, snow is covering the roads, making it hazardous for travel. vdot saying please stay off the roads if you can. >> live with our mobile traffic cam this morning with a look at conditions. what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. we are on i-81 southbound right now. we're heading off of the exit on to salem. we're actually following a plow truck, if you can see the road though, the truck not able to get all the way down to the concrete. some of the snow blowing back on to the roads. things this morning have been slick. we have seen some folks out on the road. vdot asking people to stay off the road. things are slick and we're not seeing a lot of cars on the road, which is what vdot is hoping for. snow has been falling for more than 12 hours now in the new river valley.
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from 6 to 12 inches. >> quite a bit of snow there. a live look over the virginia tech comb pus. ask snow, snow everywhere. what you're looking at is normally a parking lot. >> virginia tech, radford and vmi closed along with dozens of other schools across the area. bethany teague joins us from christiansburg. >> reporter: the snow started falling late afternoon, early evening. about what we were expecting. as you heard jason just a few moments ago, it is heavier here than it is in a lot of places. i joined a lot of people in the grocery store rush yesterday. i stayed away from the bread aisle, i just focused on the chocolate fudge brownie ice cream so i could survive for weeks in this stuff. i'll take a step to the side here for just a second. you can probably see the big flakes falling. we've noticed that a number of
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go ahead and get off the road for the morning to get out of the conditions. a lot of them are still staying out on the roads, braving that. we've seen a lot of snowplows going through. vdot listing most roads as moderate. you can expect to see plenty of snow and ice if you do have to be out on the road. virginia tech already closed. blacksburg transit says they're not running any routes this morning. they will reevaluate later on this morning to see about possible afternoon routes. now because the snow started coming down yesterday evening, some folks have had to be working overnight and into this morning to make sure that anyone who has to be out on the roads can do so. >> we take care of kroger, gas station, lefties, blacksburg square across the street and game stop. that's pretty much where i'll be for the rest of the night.
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snow remover i did have to dig myself out this morning. i kind of measure snowfall not in inches but how tired i get in digging myself out. i know jenna's a big runner so she's probably rolling her eyes. i'm go edge to go back in the car and stretch it out a little bit. bethany teague. >> not rolling my eyes at all, bethany. i think any time we see four, five, six inches, sometimes more, that we're seeing in some areas it's going to take a while to dig out. so take those breaks, please. >> i loved her shopping list. forget the bread, go for the ice cream. perfect. >> christina, what's on your shopping list during these things? >> my shopping list. energy drinks. >> yes. to keep you going. >> yes, i bring them in for all of storm team. we are ready to go. oh my gosh, i love bethany. just so funny. i'm laughing over here. love her. winter storm warning until noon tomorrow. we have area wide snowfall.
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we are waking up to a blanket of snow all over the area. right now moderate to heavy snow across most of the region. just a couple of breaks in pocahontas and highland counties. heading south, we have warmer air working its way in and we're finding ice. that's that pink shading there. we'll see more ice later on in the day and especially overnight. here it is hour by hour on the local view. through about 9:00 this morning t area wide snow. after 9:00 we start to see the snow band lifting north. we'll see icing. we're also going to get a lot of dry air. what that will do is give us a huge break in the activity through the late afternoon, early evening. a huge break to get outside maybe and play in that snow before all of that ice and rain starts to work it way back in. overnight we're going to find most of that icing right along the blue ridge and then after about midnight we'll be warming up to see just rainfall. into early tomorrow morning, that rain could be heavy at times and then by tomorrow
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see a break with just a few mountain snow showers. now on top of the snow we are already waking up to right now we are expecting an additional 2 to 4 inches. the pink shading mainly west of the blue ridge and east of the blue ridge. 1 to 3 inches on top of what we already have. jonathan is outside right now in what we already have. jonathan, what's going on? >> we're talking about the totals about 5 to 7 inches some places coming in higher than that. of course we keep mentioning all morning there's going to be potentially a quarter, a tenth to a quarter of an inch or more of ice later on this evening. want to show you this over the next couple of hours and the crazy temperature changes that we are going to see. note the temperatures now. talking about temperatures in the middle teens. we are cold. fluffy snow. christina drew this snowman also for reference. watch what happens as we go forward into want to. we're concerned about the icing. note the temperatures tonight, mid to upper 20s.
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warmer air coming in aloft that's going to change the snow aloft to rain. that rain is going to freeze on anything below freezing, which is going to be anything below the surface. watch what happens into tomorrow. this is crazy in and of itself. 24 hour stretch we're going to go from the mid teens to the 40s and 50s. big areas of low pressure bring up warm air. this time around that area of high pressure to the north as we're introducing you to the weekend is not there to keep keep that cold air in place for the entirety of the event. that's why we are expecting that ice. it gets even warmer over the next seven day stretch. if you're not a fan of winter, we have temperatures coming up over the next several days and it's going to help to melt the totals we have in the 4 to 7- inch range. we'll see the warmer air come in for the next couple of days and especially the weekend. 60s. you're reading that right. by saturday and sunday.
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through the next couple of days, which are not going to be very fun. and then those temperatures, they look like they stay above freezing for several days. >> they do. >> they do. if you don't want to shovel, just hang out inside for the next couple days and mother nature is going to take care of the mess for you. >> loved your snow man, by the way. quite nice. >> thought it it was worth the time this morning. >> thanks, guys. everything that i could possibly wear i'm wearing. >> valentine's day was a god day to stay inside as bitter cold temperatures gripped much of the country. >> a look at conditions happening across the northeast and the midwest as well as a
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it's 5:47 now on your monday morning. they could see anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow before all this finally moves out. >> wsls 10's rob manch has more on how crews are clearing it all away. what are you seeing this morning? >> reporter: we talked earlier about the morning commute this morning. that has begun here in
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we're seeing more cars braving the roads. taking to the roads with usual four wheel drives. what we haven't seen is a stop to the snowfall. it's been coming down since about 7:00 last night. it's got these roads in pretty bad condition. they're all snow covered. it's just not possible to keep the roads completely clear of snow as it continues to come down. vdot just sent out an advisory saying drivers will continue to be treacherous throughout the morning as we perience some freeze -- we will be experiencing some freezing rain following the snowfall. right now the prediction is still 6 inches to a foot of snow by the time the storm passes us. this is another morning where vdot is advising people not to take to the roadways. we have seen several different plows go by here. they're fighting to keep these roads clear of the snow and safe for drivers.
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on the primary roads, like this one here, to make sure those are clear. the thorough ways and they'll get to those neighborhood roads second. they hope it have all the roads cleared within 48 hours. but of course the name of the as we wait for crews to get all of this safe for drivers this morning. in covington. -- >> thanks, rob. snow started falling in parts of the mid atlantic and northeast overnight. today is presidents' day and a federal holiday, so crews hope this will keep people off the roads. >> hopefully will help quite a bit. the snow comes after much of the northeastern u.s. experienced frigid temperatures. temperatures dipped to as low as 40 below zero in some spots. weather was also the cause of a huge pile up that shut down a mange stretch of highway near indianapolis. at least 10 peep were taken to the with injuries.
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through and visibility was almost zero. it just turned icy very quickly. this is probably one of the worst crashes that i've ever seen. it was the coldest valentine's day on record in the northeast. >> good morning. our winter storm warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow area wide. we are waking up to a blanket of snow. overnight we had heavy snow showers and they are continuing this morning. at the moment we are just looking at snow in the area. no rain, no ice just yet. just a couple of breaks as we head into the highlands with lighter snow showers. most of us are seeing moderate snow right now. on top of the snow we've seen -- we've seen on average about 4 to 7 inches. wear looking at -- we're looking at an additional 2 to 4 in the pink zone and additional
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about 9:00 this morning. that's when most of that snow will fall. you'll get a chance to get outside and play in that snow heading into the early afternoon hours as that band retreats to the in order. we'll get a huge break in the activity with drier air in place. but while that dry air is in place we also have slightly warmer air, so where you're seeing the pink here, that is ice mixing in. we'll start to see that icing take shape. more of that happens into the evening and overnight, especially right along the spine of the blue ridge. after midnight we are warm enough for just rain showers. that's going to wash away the nice, fluffy snow. if you want to enjoy it, you really need to do that during the morning how shalls and afternoon. all of this rain washes a lot of it away. rapidly. early tomorrow morning, we could wake up to moderate, heavy rain showers. things out. a push of cold air could give the highlands an additional dusting. that's about it.
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concern when it comes to the dangerous conditions. the potential for power outages, typically need a little more ice for that. it's certainly possible in some spots. right now we're expecting about up to a tenth of an inch of ice in the blue shading. most of the region, about a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch of ice. now let's get a look at time saver traffic this morning. >> we are seeing some accidents out and about this morning. the major one is a tractor trailer accident on interstate 81 northbound. it's right at mile marker 92, near the draper exit. heading northbound, expect delays there. 77 junction, there's an accident southbound on 81 and northbound on i-77 at mile marker 5. an accident there has one lane shut down. >> lots of red and yellow on that map which means that conditions are not very good for traveling.
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hazardous conditions for travel. this is a life look at -- live look at the roads in roanoke. plows have been through there, but the snow continues falling. they have to make several more passes to get this all cleared out later today. several schools closed today. we're working to get those
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>> we see the snow already on the ground where we're seeing -- that used to be a parking lot but now it's snow covered. 6 to 12 inches a possibility before all is said and done in the new river valley as we look live over the virginia tech campus. hi, good morning, we are out on main street and salem as you can see the roads here still definitely snow covered. we are passing a few cars. vdot has been asking people to stay off the roads. we've seen several plows moving through the area. still the road not down to pavement at this point. we are waking up to area wide snowfall through the rest of the day. we could see an additional 4 inches of snowfall across the region and also icing. especially this afternoon and overnight. up to a quart every of an inch of -- quarter of an inch of ice. after all is said and done we'll start to see temperatures climbing. by this weekend we're in the 60s. >> great news to hear there.
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update on this hour by hour forecast for when all this is going to come to an end. >> more live team coverage across southwest virginia. a look at the roads. i-77 in carroll county. you can see some pavement.
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vdot warni the sound of snowplows. the second snowstorm of the season hits southwest virginia. a look at how crews are working around the clock to manage this winter weather. as you can imagine, road conditions not looking the greatest this morning. we have live team coverage on what you need to know to keep you and your family safe. good morning. thanks so much for joining us on virginia today here on wsls 10.
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>> and i'm patrick mckee. winter storm warnings in effect for all of southwest virginia. it is cold. >> most schools are closed today. we are working to have that information for you scrolling at the top of the screen. you can also check it out on our website, wsls.com. this is what conditions are like. roanoke sky cam. you can see where the black lines are, that's where plows have gone through. more snow has fallen and covered it over. this is the sides of all of the roads across southwest virginia. snow covered. >> from roanoke to the highlands and new river valley, we have live coverage. an update on what the storm is doing right now. kristina joins us with that look. >> good morning. no one was missed last night. we are all waking up to a blanket of fresh snow and it is still snowing. our winter storm warning will remain in effect today, tonight
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it expires at noon. right now we are looking at area wide moderate snow showers with just a few breaks towards the highlands. heading south we have some ice mixing in to north carolina. we are going to get in on some of that ice between about 8:00 and 11:00. this afternoon we will have a lot of dry air working in. that means a big break for us. during that break we will already start to see areas of freezing rain developing. more of that rain fills in tonight. first as ice, after midnight just plain old rain showers as temperatures start to rise. we'll break it down for you hour by hour on the local view at 6:10. i'll let you know how much more snow we are expecting and how jenna and patrick. >> thank you. 6:02 now. snow making for dangerous conditions on the roadways this morning. give you a live look. here is u.s. 460 in lynchburg. no, this is -- we'll take you up into the highlands. this is i-64 in covington where
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you can see where the plow gone through. icy conditions still exist. if you don't have to go out, stay at home today. gives the snowplows a chance to get their jobs done. if you have to head out, look farther ahead of you than normal and pay close attention to brings and ramps which freeze first. be alert for black ice and slow down and leave more space on the roads. if your car skids, steer in the direction you want your car to go. before leaving home, clear all of the snow off of your car. if you're going to catch a flight today, you may have to rethink your plans. take a live look at the airport sky cam at the roanoke blacksburg regional airport. the snow is flying around heavily this morning. this is picked up since we saw it about an hour ago. this is causing cancellations and delays. check your flight information before heading to the airport.
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lynchburg, all flights have been canceled until 5:20 tonight. most of the cans are for flights heading to and from charlotte. >> it's nice to look at as long as you don't have to be outside. one of the areas seeing the higher snowfall totals, the new river valley. that's where we find bethany teague. she continues our coverage this morning with what you can expect. good morning. what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. heavy snowfall for us here in the new river valley. it started yesterday afternoon evening time. that's spot on with what storm team 10 had predicted. i love storm team 10, but i was hoping they would be wrong, like dead wrong because i didn't want it to snow. i wanted it to be sunny and warm. unfortunately for me but fortunately for the viewers, they're very reliable so it is snowing. however in spite of snowfall predictions we've seen a handful of people on the roads. if you do have to be on the
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most of the roads are listed as moderate. you can expect a lot of snow and ice covering most of the roads here in the area. for some folks, that's obviously very inconvenient. for other folks, not having to go anywhere is what they were hoping for. >> class is canceled. that'd be nice. that'd be great. >> so he got his wish there because in a fairly rare decision virginia tech has closed its campus. radford university also closed. most schools in the area closed so if you don't have to be out today, go ahead and enjoy the day off. >> how was your shoveling adventure this morning trying to get out this morning? >> reporter: it was hard work. my shoulder is actually very tired. i had to stretch it out, which probably means i'm not in as good of physical shape as you, jenna. maybe i can join you on some of your --
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>> she's a soccer player. >> maybe i'll join you on marathon adventures. >> i always like it the -- >> i'll just warm up with you and then you can go on. >> it's really important. you have to take breaks when shoveling this snow. virginia saw 12 deaths in the last snowstorm and 4 of those snow. so really, you know, take breaks when you're shoveling and make sure that you're doing it correctly. >> work in shifts and also lift with your legs, not your back. otherwise you're going to get back injuries as well. >> thanks so much. in south side this morning, much of the same snow. this is a live look from u.s. 220 in martinsville. as you can see, some slick road conditions remain there this morning. it looks like a lot more black pavement than in some parts of our viewing area. check out this video of the snow coating the roads in dan industry. overnight crews have been monitoring streets, applying
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it usually takes 24 to 36 hours after the snow event has ended to clear all residential streets. danville transit fixed route service will operate on snow routes this morning. with the storm there's the potential for widespread outages because freezing rain will form as ice on power lines and tree lips. crews say get ready now. with this weather we want to remind you download our storm team 10 news and weather apps. it includes school closings, delays and travel conditions. >> i've been using these things probably every half hour for the last two to three days. great information here. you can also get the information on wsls.com. including all the school closings and delays which pretty much assume most everything is closed today. time now is 6:07. turning back to our forecast. to break it down hour by hour on what we can expect, kristina and jonathan have team coverage >> good morning. we are all waking up to that blanket of snow.
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inches across the area. winter storm warning in effect until noon tomorrow. right now we are looking at area wide moderate snow showers with some lighter snow heading into the highlands. now you'll notice this pink here into north carolina. that is where we're starting to see a little bit of icing develop. we're going to see some of that warmer air pushing into our region later this morning. that will lead to icing locally. through about 9:00 this morning, we are looking at area wide snowfall. so if you love that powdery snow, the morning is the time for you to get out and enjoy it. into the early afternoon that snow band lifts to the north. we'll start to see drier air working in. more of that pink, that ice mixing in. for the afternoon hours and into the early evening, there is going to be a lot of dry air along with that warmer air. we'll have a huge break in the activity where we really have nothing going on. that will be the best time to get outside and build your snow men, ride your sleds.
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more icing starts to move in, especially along the spine of the blue ridge. after midnight everything changes over into rain. we could see heavier rain showers waking up tomorrow morning. by tomorrow afternoon this is pushing out of here. we could see a few mountain flurries. other than that skies are clearing out nicely. now on top of the snow that we've already seen, we are expecting an additional 2 to 4 inches in our western counties shaded in pink and in the white shading mainly our south side area. 1 to 3 inches of additional snowfall. jonathan kegges is outside looking at the snowfall we've already seen. >> we have about five inches out here on our patio just outside of our studios in downtown roanoke. consistent with a bunch of other reports we're seeing. some of those storm totals getting up higher than that even in parts of the area.
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blacksburg, we're about five and a half inches. pen hook, about four and a half. along spur, 4.1 inches. in lynchburg, coming in around 4 inches. it is hazardous to drive out there. there's a lot of snow on the roads. plows are working out to get that. the more hazardous part of the system coming later in the evening and into tonight. around the evening commute we're looking for everything to fill back in widespread freezing rain. that could end up amounting to a widespread tenth of an inch of ice accumulation. this is more dangerous than snow on the roads. ice, even if you have your four wheel drives. it's very difficult and dangerous to drive through. that's something we're concerned about. you typically need a quarter of an inch, clearly closer to a half inch. that certainly is not out of the question.
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of moisture later on tonight. good news is temperatures do warm up. that is going to turn into rain. mother nature going to help us get rid of this snow and ice. back to around 50 degrees on wednesday. we kind of hang out around 50 into the weekend. look at that. we have 60s for the weekend. hold your applause. but boy, just getting through the next couple of days and spring going to try to make an appearance. >> finally. we have been cooped up inside, i feel like for several weekends in a row. so having those 60s will be a nice change of pace. >> good typing right after all the snow to get it melted away. >> we need it. thanks, guys. good news for us indeed. >> take a live look at wintergreen resort. you see the camera shifting around there. you can't even really see. look at that snow. they are expecting a total of 7 to 8 inches.
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welcome back. in some areas it's been snowing now for more than 12 hours. in the allegheny highlands snowfall started around 7:00 last night. >> they could see up to 6 to 12 inches as we get through this storm system. monitoring the road conditions in covington as the snow continues to fall. rob, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well hey there, patrick. you mentioned in some areas it's been snowing for 12 hours. this is definitely one of them. it hasn't stopped, like you said, since 7:00 last night. we've been seeing this light snowfall just continuing, which is different from the last snowstorm we got where it came in spurts.
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keep these roads clear because the snow just keeps coming down. now as for driving conditions on the roads, all of them are very snow covered and vdot did send out an advisory saying drive willing continue to be treacherous throughout the morning as we could be expecting freezing rain coming after this snowfall. right now we're looking at a projection of 6 to 12-inches in covington before the storm passes us. this is another one of those mornings where vdot is advising roadways. the good news is that we've seen plows continuously coming out on these roads, fighting the battle with the roads. we're also seeing -- like you can see here, some cars trying to brave it as well. vdot is focusing on primary roads first to keep the interstates and thoroughways clear and getting to neighborhood roads second. we'll have to exercise patience as they make it safe for truck drivers out here this morning. >> so have you seen a lot of plows out?
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they made passes behind you trying to get the roadways cleared. >> reporter: well yeah, like i said, we have seen definitely several plows coming through here, but with this consistent snowfall keeping the roads clear is pretty much impossible right now. until the snowfall starts to let up the plows are just going to have to keep coming through, if you don't have four wheel drive, stay at home until the roads get more cleared up. that might not be until later on tonight. just keep an eye on conditions and we'll keep you updated. >> thank you. those four wheel drives don't make you invincible. you have to use the same care. they help you a little bit. >> right. turning back to our forecast and what we can can want throughout the morning. kristina, seems like everyone is still being blanketed by the snowfall. >> we still have consistent
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we're going to have some pretty hazardous conditions. that winter storm warning stays in effect until noon tomorrow. right now we are looking at light to moderate snow showers across the entire region. we do have a little bit of ice on the way as well. we've already seen about 4 to 7 inches of snowfall. waking up to that blanket this morning. on top of what we've already seen, we are expecting an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow in the pink shading, maybely our western condition -- mainly our western counties. additional 1 to 3 inches. between 8:00 and 11:00 we'll start to see snow changing into sleet. we'll get a big rush of dry air this afternoon. that will lead to a significant lull in the activity. nothing will be falling for a lot of the afternoon. that is your opportunity to get outside, build some snow men because areas of freezing rain will gradually start to work their way in this afternoon and especially overnight.
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half midnight it will be changing into rain. we are expecting anywhere from a glaze to about a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation in the blue shading and then most of the region, especially along the side of the blue ridge, about a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation. typically we need more to see the power outing ans. some spots could see enough of that icing to get some of the power outages. just about everyone, this is certainly enough to cause the very slippery roads. jenna and patrick. >> thanks. now we're taking a look at our time saver traffic system this morning. >> we are seeing some incidents this morning. vdot reports most roads are in moderate to minor condition this morning. you certainly see a lot of yellows and reds showing up. still that accident mile marker 92 at interstate 81 northbound. that's going to be near the draper exit where a tractor trailer has both lanes
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this is a live look from lexington. you can see lots of snow falling currently. that area expecting an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow. >> of course seeing the flashing stoplights there. you assume a four way stop when you see those. southwest virginia under a winter storm warning this morning. >> our live team coverage continuing with what you need to know. first a look at some of the photos that you sent in to us. thanks for sending those in. >> keep sending us your best photos, especially as you're waking up this morning. show us what your backyard or front yard looks like.
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them to the facebook page. welcome back to virginia today here on wsls 10. time now 6:24. >> the snow is continuing to fall across the area. one inch per hour rates pretty common early this morning. >> for more on what we're seeing now and the ice concern that we'll see later today, storm team 10 meteorologist jonathan kegges joins us life. that is the big concern. that ice that is going to move in later today. >> the roads bad now with several inches of snow on them, but yeah, the ice is going to pose another threat. one inch per hour rates have backed off a bit as we lose the bigger forcing mechanism. that's going to continue to push off towards the knot and east.
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love throwing that term in there. the snow pellets falling down. light snow will continue. afternoon, lunch hour, that'll be the best opportunity to get out here and enjoy it. if you're a sled riding fan, great snow. we have plows that are working out in the distance as well. great sled riding snow. not the best to bid a snow man yet, until we get some of that rain. you might not be able to hear me as i talk right now. that's a plow. anyway, we'll get some of that freezing rain later on. that's going to help get extra moisture into this about that freezing rain, that's the most dangerous part of this 24 to 36 hour storm. you'll notice if you have backyard thermometers they're going to read below freezing. the warmer air first going to come in about 5000 feet off the ground or so once you get that warmer air to come in the snow
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going to melt, turn to rain. come down and encounter that sliver of air below freezing continues on contact. that's how we get that freezing rain. the snow as we'll take a look at, will go through several phases. we had that fluffy snow. great to play in not the best to make snow men yet. we'll take a look at that part of the snow's lifetime coming up in a couple of minutes. reporting live in downtown roanoke, jonathan kegges. >> you notice a change in the snow flakes that jonathan is seeing. not the big things out there right now. >> not so much. >> thanks. still ahead, we check in with vdot live on the latest on road conditions and the information they want to pass to everyone watching this morning. first take a live look from the covington area. you see the snow flakes still flying. it's been coming down since about 7:00 last night. >> it's quite nice when you're
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a live look for you. u.s. 29 in lynchburg. everything snow covered there. travel discouraged as we head throughout the day. we'll bring you the latest conditions from across the region as we continue here (man) this is where it all started. i received a call from our dispatch center. smoke was coming from a manhole, and that's not good. we entered the manhole.
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we jumped in, we got to work, and in a little over eight hours, we had the power back on. hi, i'm john snyder, distribution system supervisor for appalachian power. it's my goal to keep the lights on and everything run smoothly, and no one even notices. (announcer) we may be a power company, but the true power in our communities
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drive safe and try to stay off the roads as much as you can. it's supposed to get icy. >> wsls 10 continues tracking this winter storm with live updates on slick road conditions across southwest virginia. our live team coverage from across southwest virginia as well with what you need to know as you start off this monday. >> good morning. thanks so much for jinx us on virginia today here on wsls 10. i'm jenna zibton.
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schools are pretty much closed for today. road crews are out in this storm as it is continuing to follow. school closings should be near the top of your screen for you. >> this is time lapse video. i shot this on the way to work. >> you weren't driving. >> i was not driving. this is from 419. then you head on to interstate 581. i saw multiple cars stuck on the interstate this morning. lots of plows out this morning. those plows are having to make multiple passes to clear all the snow that's falling and as soon as the plows get the roads clear we are still seeing that snowfall. so then they have to go back out and clear the rodways again. vdot urging drivers to stay off the streets due to slick and potentially dangerous conditions. >> from the star city to the highlands and new river valley, we have live team coverage for you across virginia. we'll start off with a look at this storm. kristina montuori with the latest.
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know is when this s this going away? >> after noon tomorrow this thing is out of here. as for the snowfall this is mainly going to be a morning event for us. heading into the afternoon we'll get a pretty big break. a big opportunity to get outside and enjoy some of that fresh snow before the ice kicks in. winter storm warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow. we are looking at area wide snowfall this morning. not yet seeing much ice. we do have some ice starting to push into areas around bristol. starting to see a little bit of that ice mixing in. more of that heading towards the north carolina-virginia border. this will continue to lift north through the morning. between about 8:00 and 11:00 we will start to see more of that ice mixing in locally, as well as dry air. that dry air is going to give us a big break this afternoon. where nothing will be falling across most of the region. there will be patchy, freezing rain doing going on during that break. for the evening commute and overnight, we are expecting a
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of that will change into just plain rain showers as temperatures rise above freezing after midnight. coming up we'll break it down for you hour by hour on the local view. we'll let you know how much more snow we are expecting this morning and how much ice we are expecting later on in the day. patrick and jenna. >> thanks. vdot crews are out on the roads working to keep them clear and stop that snow from piling up. >> vdot spokesperson jason bond live with the latest on what we're seeing. jason, what are conditions looking like? i imagine everything is pretty much white. >> everything is snow covered and the major roads we're continuing to make the multiple passes over. the snow is continuing to fall so a layer of ice and snow does remain on the road surfaces. we have not started plowing the secondary roads or neighborhood streets yet. there is pretty deep snowfall in some of those areas. >> we talked a little bit earlier about this snowstorm versus the snowstorm that we had previously a few weeks ago.
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that are making it hard for you to treat and clear the roads quickly. >> well first of all these cold temperatures have been a major challenge. when it gets this cold the salt does not work as effectively, so we're having to prewet that salt with some liquid calcium fluoride to jump start some of the melting. this is a light powdery snow, so it is blowing and creating visibility issues. if we see the ice and freezing rain that's forecasted we're expecting difficult times ahead with that ice. >> and jason, you talked about neighborhood streets there and everybody wants to know when their street is going to get cleared. walk us through the order that folks see roads get cleared across the region. >> the more traffic a road carries the sooner it is plowed. so your interstates and major roads are first and then we work into our high volume secondary roads and then down into the neighborhood streets and the low traffic secondary routes. >> now the roanoke emergency management office sent out a warning to people that says
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back down on the roads and refreezing occurs resulting in difficulty when plows rye to clear. are you running into that challenge as well? >> absolutely. the pavement temperatures were so very cold prior to this storm, we didn't get above freezing for days. so that means the pavement temperature is so cold when people drive over it with this powdery snow it packs it down. >> that's why you're saying please stay off the roads if you can so you guys can do your job. we'll continue to check in with you throughout the morning. as we've mentioned, snow covering the roadways, making for hazardous travel wsls's erin brookshier live with a closer look at what we're seeing right now. erin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. we're on williamson road right now, just pasted the intersection with hersch berger.
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weave seen snowplows out throughout the morning. i-81. 581 and salem. across the region this is what we've been seeing. the plows are coming through but they're not able to get down to the pavement. the snow is continuing to fall and blow back on to the roads. as we've also mentioned vdot asking people to stay off the roads, stay home if you can. we haven't seen a lot of cars out on the roads. certainly nothing like you would expect for a monday morning work commute. we have seen some people walking on the roads though. i know the sidewalks are snow covered as well. if you're walking on the roads, watch for traffic, be extra careful. you'll want to watch out for people walking along. -- >> okay, that was erin brookshier reporting. >> and a lot of folks out there, you saw one other car out there, which is what crews are asking. just stay out of their way. >> snow has been falling for more than 12 hours in the new river valley. that area could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches.
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as we give you a live look over the virginia tech campus. that big plop of white, that's a parking lot. you see cars there, you don't seep the lines or anything like that as snow covering everything. virginia tech, radford and vmi all closed today because of this winter storm. that's not something you hear a whole lot. >> bethany teague continues our live team coverage from christiansburg this morning. bethany, we've seen some big flakes from you, we see the big flakes still falling there in christiansburg. >> reporter: they are still falling. as you said earlier it's been falling here in for a little over 12 hours or so. still for the record excellent soccer weather. not excellent driving weather. we've seen a number of tow trucks in the parking lot next to me on stand by. a lot of truck drivers have pulled in to get out of the road conditions. still as you can probably see behind me, there are a number of cars we've seen go by. if you do have to be out there, make sure you're staying
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most of the roads are snow or ice covered. blacksburg transit announced they will not be running any routes this morning in blacksburg or christiansburg. they will reevaluate later this morning to see about afternoon routes. because the snow started falling last night, a lot of people have had to work through the overnight and early morning hours to make sure the folks who do have to be on the roads can do so. >> we take care of kroger, gas station, lefties, blacksburg square across the street and game stop. that's where i'll be for the rest of the night. >> now if you don't have someone who is a professional plowing the parking lot or getting you out of your parking spot this morning, i would allow extra time as i found out this morning it does take a little bit of time to do that. jenna, patrick. >> it certainly does. and it's hard work. it doesn't look like it would be but it is. >> yes. thanks so much. reminder this morning that this winter weather can turn
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the last storm we had just a few weeks ago. during that snowstorm almost 50 people died across the nation. at least a dozen of those deaths happened here in the commonwealth. >> four of those 12 deaths were people who had be shoveling snow. a professor died while shoveling at his home. five others died from hypothermia, including people in wise and henry counties. take this seriously. take breaks. and check on your friends and neighbors. once you get your driveway cleared it's a nice gesture to walk next door and help them if they're struggling. the best news of all is eventually this stuff is going to melt away. maybe sooner rather than later as kristina has great news down the road in your forecast. good morning. >> good morning. yes. the great news, temperatures are in the 60s this weekend. for right now it is a winter wonderland. winter storm warning in effect until noon tomorrow. right now we are looking at area wide snowfall.
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but pretty consistent here. they've been falling all night. we're waking up to more of that. we've seen between 4 and 7 inches of snowfall. our next condition will be the ice mixing in. we've had ice starting to push in. ice trying to lift in to south side. right now it is still in north carolina though. as more of that warm air starts to mix in we will see more of that ice. between now and 9:00, most of us are just seeing the snow showers and then into the late morning, early afternoon, that snow starts to lift to the north. that warmer air, that drier air starts to push in. that's that pink shading, that ice mixing in for us. this afternoon we expect a pretty big break in the activity in most areas. we'll have a lot of dry air in place. this will be the time between about noon and 3:00 to get outside, have your snowball fights, go sleigh riding. then heading into the evening and overnight the ice really starts to come down for us.
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of our freezing rain after midnight. we are warming up for just plain rain showers. we could see heavy rain showers especially for the early morning commute tomorrow. by tomorrow afternoon we really start to dry things out. a few mountain flurries. other that we'll be in the clear by tomorrow afternoon. on top of the snowfall that we have seen, we could see an dish 2 to 4 inches in our western counties shaded in the pink and our eastern counties an additional 1 to 3-inches of snowfall. as for that ice accumulation, about a glaze to a tenth of an inch in the blue shading then up to a quarter inch of ice across most of the region with isolated higher totals right along the spine of the blue ridge. talk more about the icing and just how much temperatures are going to be changing. we'll head over to jonathan kegges outside our studio this morning. hey. >> even with all this snow you're talking about the news must go on. freshly delivered just to the station here. one of the cars drove by.
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doing a good job this morning keeping the news flowing even with this disruptive snow out here. as you mentioned again we have that snow continuing to fall out on the patio. about five or six inches. another crazy thing with this system coming in. look what happens to the temperatures. really over the next 24 hours. it is cold out here now. temperatures in the middle teens. we're getting the fluffy snow. for reference, kristina drew this awesome snow man. this is freezing rain. heading into tomorrow, watch what happens. we get this push of warm air. we go from the teens today to 24 hours later in the 40s and 50s. and our snow man might not be looking too healthy come tomorrow. we do have impressive totals out here, anywhere from 4 to 7 inches across the area.
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talking about temperatures again in bedford around 7 inches, salem, 6-inches. about an inch and a half for us in danville. although we have the snow falling now, we're expecting that ice. upwards of a quarter inch possible. mother nature going to try to help us out. we'll head towards the 50s tomorrow, wednesday. middle 50s on friday with the help of some sunshine also. we've been talking about it all morning. look at that weekend, back below to middle 60s both saturday and sunday. just get through the next 48 hours. >> that's the greatest. >> next 48 hours. yep. >> we're getting more good viewer pictures once you come in you'll be able to check these out. tammy brown sent in a picture from her patio table. it looks like about 6 to 6 and a half inches there in that picture. so i know you'll be updating the snow totals. keep sending them in.
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we need your help to tell a story out there. >> thanks so much. everything that i could possibly wear i'm wearing. >> valentine's day was a good day to stay inside with someone special as bitter cold temperatures gripped much of the country. a look at conditions happening across the northeast and the midwest. an update on road conditions in our area as we take a live look, interstate 81.
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6:48 now on your monday morning. parts of the highlands could see anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow before all is said and done. >> rob is in covington with more on conditions and how crews are getting it all cleared as quickly as possible. rob. hey there. this is it. this is probably the hardest snowfall we've seen throughout the entire storm. like you said, it began all the way last night at 7:00. keeping the roads clear has
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because of the consistency of this snowfall we have seen several plows this morning. a warning to drivers that driving will remain treacherous throughout the day and the morning as we continue to experience snow and then following that we're expecting some ice and freezing rain. now right now like you said the prediction is 6 inches to a foot here in covington of snow by the time this storm finally passes us. just another one of those mornings where vdot is try warn everyone to avoid driving on the roads. the good news is we have seen several crews that are tirelessly plowing these roads here in covington and trying to keep the roads safe for drivers. now the way they do that is they focus on the primary roads first, doing the interstates and roads like this one here
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so if your road at your house and your neighborhood hasn't been plowed yet, you know, probably one of those secondary roads they'll get to maybe not today but all roads will be plowed within 48 hours of this storm hitting. so hopefully it'll be cleared within a short period of time here. in covington. >> thanks, rob. snow started falling in parts of the mid atlantic and northeast overnight. today is presidents' day and a federal holiday so crews hope this will help keep people off the roads. >> this snow coming after much of the northeastern u.s. experienced really cold temperatures on valentine's day. from new york to boston, rhode island to connecticut, temperatures dipped as low as minus 40. weather was the cause of a huge pile up that shut down a stretch of highway near indianapolis. at least 10 people were taken to the hospital with injuries. >> we know that a squall came through here and visibility was almost zero and it just turned icy very quickly.
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we deal with this but in had 32 years this is probably one of the worst crashes that i've ever seen. >> it was the codest the northeast. good morning. we are waking up to snow showers. the snow will be a morning event for us but we will see a change over into ice so our winter storm warning will remain in effect until noon tomorrow for that additional snow and then that ice we're expecting later. right now looking at light to moderate snow showers across the entire region and most of that fell overnight. we already have between 4 and 7 inches across several locations. we are watching that ice already starting to mix into parts of north carolina. trying to sneak into south side. right now south side you are still all snow cover. for the remainder of the morning we are expecting an additional 2 to 4 inches of
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already have along and west of the blue ridge parkway. for the south side area shaded in white, an additional 1 to 3 inches of snowfall possible. here it is hour by hour on the local view. this morning, mainly snow. after that we start to see it taking shape. you'll hold on to snow longer. between about noon and 3:00 we really see a lull in the activity. we'll get dry air mixing in as well as warm air. the dry air is going to lead to a huge black in the activity. this is your opportunity to get outside, go sleigh riding. for that evening commute the ice starts to fill in also that rain. overnight we start asitis. after midnight we're warming up. just plain liquid rain showers. the rain could be heavy at times. by tomorrow afternoon everything is out of here. ice will be the main concern. this is going to cause slick conditions. especially along blue ridge
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a tenth of an inch to a quart effectively of an inch of ice. patrick and jenna. >> thanks. time saver traffic as you may or may not be headed out the door. >> hopefully not. that accident is being cleared up on interstate 81. what we are seeing outside, one lane of route 640 this is going to be near route 653 is closed due to a crash. we're following a crash on interstate 77 near mile marker 6. i'm also seeing there's an accident on southbound route 100. >> our live mobile traffic cam. erin, looks like you're following a plow. >> good morning, yes. we are following a plow. we were on route it 20 as we passed the colonial exit. the plow did drop his blade
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he is trying to plow the roads. you can see pavement through here under the bridge. roads still slick out there don't head out unless you absolutely have to. if you do, give yourself plenty of time and take it slow this morning. back in three minutes as we continue our team coverage here.
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photos you sent us in we are waking up to area wide snowfall and in the next couple of hours ice will start
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>> another update in about 25 good morning. paying respects. the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia arrived in virginia overnight. while the battle to who should fill his seat is already in full swing. >> we have a president. he was elected. he has the right to nominate another supreme court justice. >> the lame duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the supreme court. >> this morning, the epic once in a generation fight over the direction of the court and the country. and jeb bush joins us live as his brother gets set to hit the campaign trail today. after a weekend of record setting lows, the weather conditions will affect 90 million from the deep south to the north today. tomorrow, things heat up in a big way.
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elliott spitzer has been accused of choking a woman inside a new york city hotel room. he says there is no truth to the allegation. police are investigating. and trapped! dozens of people, including a baby, stuck in a train car for hours in sub zero temperatures. the riders finally lowered to safety by rope and glad to be back on solid ground today, monday, february 15th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everybody. welcome to "today." it's presidents' day, monday morning. carson dayly is in for matt. we have a lot to talk about. >> we do. >> so much has changed with the death of justice scalia. the flag outside the supreme

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