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Winter Storm Brings Snow And Ice To County…Again

The second big snowfall of the winter struck over the weekend, paralyzing traffic, cancelling church services, closing businesses in Halifax County and causing school officials to close schools on Monday.

The snow total for South Boston was six inches, according to officials at the South Boston Water Plant. As of 7 o’clock Saturday morning, the measurable amount of snowfall in South Boston was three and a half inches, officials reported.

Snowfall totals throughout the county varied depending upon the exact location. Some locations in the western and northern parts of the county had 10 to 13 inches of snow. Periods of sleet on Saturday greatly reduced the total amount of snowfall in some other parts of the county, along with drifting snow.

Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders said Sunday there were no major accidents or injuries and only nine small accidents in the county since the storm began Friday night.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative officials said no power outages were reported as of Sunday morning.

A Dominion Virginia Power line on Highway 58 fell Sunday morning resulting in loss of electrical power for 1,173 customers in the Riverdale area and south along Highway 501, according to Dominion spokesman Dan Genest. A total of 1,217 Dominion customers lost power from the time the storm hit Friday night, most of those as a result of the Sunday morning outage, Genest said. Power was due to be restored to all Dominion customers by sometime Sunday afternoon.

Halifax County School Superintendent Paul Stapleton said Sunday that county schools would be closed Monday due to snow on the roads.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked around-the-clock shifts to clear snow and ice from roadways throughout Halifax County. As of Sunday morning, primary roads were mostly clear, but lower-traffic roads were still covered with snow and ice. VDOT officials were urging motorists to stay off roads despite the break in weather on Sunday.

VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends. Across the state, crews had cleared most interstates and began plowing and applying salt to primary roads by Sunday morning. VDOT officials said secondary roads and subdivision streets would be addressed following primaries.

Many roads, including plowed roads, may have black ice. The agency urged motorists to use caution if they must drive. Motorists can contact 511 or to get the latest in road closures and traveler information.

Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency on Thursday in preparation of the storm, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments responding to the storm.

By declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorized state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they were needed in Virginia.