Virginia digs out

Stephen Igo • Dec 10, 2018 at 2:02 PM

WISE -- The day after Sunday's snow storm slammed the region, the Virginia Department of Transportation's four-county Wise Residency reported considerable progress clearing roads by Monday afternoon with the exception of several areas in hard hit Scott County.

VDOT Wise Residency's Alan Sumpter said primary routes in Wise, Lee and Dickenson counties were clear and in some cases dry, and most secondary routes in those counties addressed as well by Monday afternoon.

Downed trees and power lines in Scott slowed down clearance work by VDOT and contract crews, Sumpter said. VDOT was coordinating with Appalachian Power Co. in those areas where power lines were down, he said.Scott County received up to 14 inches of snow.

Depending on elevation, Wise County topped out at 8 inches to a foot of the wet, heavy snowfall,and about 8 inches or more fell across most of Dickenson. Lee received from 3-5 inches on top of a layer of ice from freezing rain.

The residency was also beginning to get to gravel roads with graders by Monday afternoon. Sumpter said with temperatures forecast to dip into the teens overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, refreeze -- particularly on road surfaces covered by slush or wet from Monday's day melt activity -- means motorists should use caution when heading out Tuesday morning.