March 17, 2014
White is replacing green as the color of choice in Central Virginia this St. Patrick's Day. A late winter storm is causing problems across the region.
Snow began falling on Sunday and picked up in intensity overnight. When all is said and done, 5-8 inches is expect in Central Virginia.
All area public schools closed on Monday. That will create another scheduling issue as those school districts figure out how to make up yet another snow day.
Major roads across the area are snow covered. However, our reporters along Route 29 in Albemarle County are seeing the pavement with traffic moving close to the posted speed limit. Side roads will likely be more treacherous as VDOT focuses on the primary roads before moving on to the side streets.
The snow appears to have hit western Virginia counties harder. The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reported more than a foot of snow in the Singers Glen area in Rockingham County early Monday morning.
Virginia State Police say troopers have responded to more than 100 wrecks since a winter storm hit the state.
State police spokesman Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar says 109 accidents occurred from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Winter storm warnings are in effect for about 20 counties through Monday afternoon. Other areas are under storm advisories.