|Most businesses, government offices struggling to open|
Friday, February 14, 2014
A massive snowstorm has paralyzed the region as many roads remain treacherous today.
Main highways are being cleared but secondary roads and streets in Rocky Mount are still mostly snow and ice covered.
Snow is piled on sidewalks and many cars remain buried under the snow, the largest snowfall the region has seen in several years.
The expected storm hit with a fury Wednesday afternoon, quickly making driving hazardous and closing many businesses and government offices early.
U.S. 220 was clogged in both north and southbound lanes with vehicles sliding off the road and tractor-trailers having difficulty going up hills.
Some vehicles were abandoned as road crews tried to keep up with the heavy snow.
The National Weather Service said most areas received a about 13 inches Wednesday night, with around 3 inches falling Thursday.
The official total for the Rocky Mount area was 16.5 inches, according to the NWS.
Postal service was canceled Thursday and many businesses are struggling to open.
Distribution of the Friday edition of the News-Post will also be delayed.
Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia State Police have advised residents throughout the storm to stay home and off the roads.
Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing today but the wind has also picked up.
Another "clipper" is predicted to hit tonight and early Saturday morning, but little snow is expected and possible mostly rain.
Temperatures will see no significant warmup until the middle of next week, with rain in the forecast on Tuesday, according to the NWS.