Snow slams region
By Staff Reports
Feb 17, 2014, 13:50
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT As heavy snow fell Thursday afternoon, workers cut away metal from part of a roof that collapsed at a Shell gas station near the intersection of Route 10 and Route 1 in Chester.
Snow and ice Wednesday evening and most of the day Thursday plagued drivers who ventured out into the winter weather.
The conditions closed schools on Thursday and Friday, trash pickups were delayed, and AAA restricted home service due to the number of calls.
A gas station roof in Chester even collapsed from the weight of the rain-soaked snow.
The area got several inches of snow Wednesday evening and Thursday morning before it shifted to rain and sleet.
From 4 p.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police responded to 745 calls for service in the Richmond Division. Of those calls for service, troopers have responded to 307 motor vehicle crashes mostly involving property damage and 157 disabled vehicles. A majority of the calls for service have been in the Metro-Richmond and Tri-Cities area where troopers have responded to and investigated 243 crashes.
Temperatures were above freezing for much of Thursday, but dropped into the 20s Friday morning, causing everything that had melted to freeze.
But the Virginia Department of Transportation said clear weather conditions Thursday allowed crews to make significant progress on interstates and primary roads.
Drivers should continue to check www.511virginia.org before traveling for the latest traffic and road conditions.