Winter Weather Creates Icy Roads for Central Virginia Drivers

December 8, 2013

Rain, sleet and snow greeted drivers Sunday morning as they headed out on the roads.

Many brushed off mirrors, scrapped ice from windshields and even added wiper fluid to prepare for driving in the wintry mix.

But with questionable road conditions, many people hesitated to go out and several churches around the area canceled service.

“When it's ice, it's very scary,” says Scott Lounsbury, owner of Scott’s Backhoe Service in Palmyra. “You don't know what you're going to run into from one corner to the next.”

“With snow you can see it. With ice you can't.”

Lounsbury owns several snowplows and says that although the roads may look clear, drivers should beware of ice that could still be on the ground.

“It's not black ice right now, but tonight when it gets cold it's going to get very bad, and you should not be out on stuff like this, you should not,” explains Lounsbury. “This has been salted, but even if it's salted it can still freeze if it gets down to low 20s.”

Many snowplows have been treating the roads around Central Virginia since Saturday night and most of the main highways are clearing up.

But a mixture of snow and ice caused many drivers to think twice before heading out Sunday morning.

Bill Davies normally lets his son in high school drive, but today that was a different story.

“We had to decide that the old man would drive home from church today,” says Davies.

His family was one of the few who were able to make it to church today, but says earlier Sunday morning road conditions were terrible.

“Pretty icy conditions and if you weren't careful you could drift a little bit, so it's time to go home.”

Overall drivers have been making it through the slushy stuff on the roads and are hoping that they will all be clear by Monday morning.

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