Second Batch of Snowfall Coats Roads in Central Virginia

Drivers and plow truck operators had their work cut out for them on Thursday. The snow-covered roads became even more slick after a second serving of snow poured down on Central Virginia in the late afternoon.

If anyone has a clear picture of what the snow is doing to the roads, it's Ryan Eiselstein.

"We've traveled over 1,600 miles in the last 36 hours through pretty terrible conditions," he said. "There's lots of bad business on the roads out there right now."

He made his way to Charlottesville from Louisiana before gassing up to head down south again.

"I've seen lots of near misses, quickly going from clear roads to ice and snow, near blinding snow in some locations. It can be precarious if people aren't careful," said Eiselstein.

By Thursday afternoon, Charlottesville resident Melvin Dinkins had spent about six hours on the roads -- but not in a car. He was walking.

"Well, I like the snow," he said. "You know, it's safer anyways."

Dinkins said the plows were making progress by midday.

"They've gone through [Route] 29 at first, but it built up a little bit more so there were very few cars, [which is a] good thing. But as you can see, they're taking care of it," said Dinkins.

Late Thursday night, VDOT reported conditions on major highways in Central Virginia to be improving and said most primary highways in the region were in minor condition, with the exception of some moderate conditions in Fluvanna, Louisa and Madison counties.

Most secondary roads were in moderate condition across the region Thursday night, though some in Madison County were severe, meaning it's hazardous for drivers.

Across the Commonwealth, Virginia State Police emergency dispatch centers fielded more than 5,000 calls for service from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday.

State troopers responded to 1,358 traffic crashes and 1,417 disabled vehicles statewide.

In a release, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller advised drivers to stay off the roads overnight until conditions improve.

Though many people tried to trudge through the snowy roads, others ditched the four wheels for their own two feet. Albemarle County resident Alexis Mason and her daughters strapped on their boots to get around town Thursday.

"Just to get a little exercise and our cars aren't four-wheel drive, so we want to be safe. So, we see a track and we just take that and keep going," said Mason.


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