Slushy Commute for Drivers

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

February 22, 2006

Early morning flurries created slushy and in some cases dangerous driving conditions for the daily commute.

It came as quite a shock to some Charlottesville residents Wednesday morning when they saw snow had fallen in the Charlottesville area.

"I woke up this morning and I wasn't expecting to see this amount of snow," said Helen Woodson.

It even stunned one motorist who was driving through Charlottesville while heading home to Norfolk.

"I figured it was going to be clear all the way home," said Benji Moore.

About an inch and a half of snow glistened the trees and the roads which made it a hard commute for drivers.

Albemarle County had many weather related accidents. Two cars collided on Route 250 early Wednesday morning and a car skidded off Route 29's slick road, splitting a telephone pole in half.

Police in the City of Charlottesville were called to a few crashes including this one that sent an elderly couple to the hospital with minor injuries.

After seeing accidents like these, David Holley said he has noticed drivers being more cautious.

"Everybody seems to be slowing down so that's a good thing," said Holley.

Even though all the primary roads and secondary roads are clear by now, police said it's still a good idea to ease up on the gas petal.

"I'm thinking I might have to go a little bit slower this time," said Moore.


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