Snow ends but driving remains hazardous

(Danville, Va.) – The National Weather Service says the Danville area received among the heaviest snowfall totals in Wednesday’s storm.

Blacksburg meteorologist Anita Silverman says the official snowfall total for the city of Danville is about eight inches, although unofficial totals of nine-to-ten inches were reported throughout the region. She says totals throughout Pittsylvania County ranged from six-to-nine inches.

According to Silverman, the heaviest amounts fell in the adjacent counties of North Carolina, all of Southside Virginia and across toward Farmville.

The Danville area won’t see much melting before late afternoon, with a high of 38 expected. Temperatures dropped to the mid-teens overnight, causing the soft, fluffy snow to freeze.

Danville Public Works crews plowed and scraped the major thoroughfares and have moved into residential neighborhoods. The streets that have been plowed all remain covered in a sheet of ice and motorists without 4-wheel drive vehicles should stay off the roads.

Public Works Director Rick Drazenovich says if you don’t have to drive, stay off the roads.

Danville Police worked 22 dozen accidents yesterday, including one crash with injuries and another with property damage. Officers helped more than two dozen disabled motorists.