January 18, 2013
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP)— Virginia is digging out from the season's first significant snowfall.
Hardest hit by the winter storm Thursday and Friday was southwest Virginia, where the National Weather Service says 13 inches were reported in Giles (jyls) County, while Grayson County and the Galax (GAY'-laks) area received about a foot. The state's western mountains received 6-9 inches while several inches or more were reported in central and eastern Virginia.
Appalachian Power says 111,106 electric customers are without power after the heavy, wet snow brought down power lines, while Dominion Virginia Power reports 11,000 power failures, primarily in the Richmond and Southside Virginia area.
Virginia State Police say they were swamped with calls at the height of the storm. Dispatchers fielded more than 760 calls reporting crashes and disabled vehicles.
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