|From Drop Box|
Northern Virginia received the northern tip of a powerful winter storm. The majority of snow fell in the Southern regions of Virginia and North Carolina and points westward. Starting around 10am Saturday and the majority of the day thereafter snow continued.
One of the problems facing local governments is the lack of funding for snow removal. Most municipalities and counties have spent beyond their budgets on previous storms. Today’s storm was quickly upgraded from 1-3 inches to 6-8 inches causing government officials to increase the number of plows from 1,200 to 1,800.
In its beauty the snow is wonderful to watch from the inside of a warm home. Driving however is treacherous. In an unplowed parking lot at slow speed I spun 180 degrees while driving errands Saturday afternoon. “Clearly it is slick out there and motorists need to slow down,” said VDOT spokeswoman Joan Morris.