Snow causes headaches for many people but is welcome sight for others

Dozens of crashes, disabled vehicles reported across Southside

By Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter, Irisha Jones - Reporter, Magdala Louissaint - Lynchburg Bureau Reporter

DANVILLE, Va. - Between 7 a.m. and about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Danville police responded to 19 crashes and 12 disabled vehicles.

A photo of one of the crashes, posted on the police department's Twitter account, shows a semi-truck jackknifed trying to get onto Robertson Bridge.

The roads in and around Danville were clearly less than ideal for driving on Wednesday.

Numerous crashes have also been reported in Henry County.

According to state police, troopers who cover areas in Southside as part of their jurisdiction had worked 33 crashes as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"I think, today, it hit about the time people were going to commute and go to work, so that increases the amount of traffic that's out there," Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace said of the snowstorm.

"Then, of course, it was snowing pretty hard, so the visibility around dawn was really rough," he said.

Despite all of the crashes, according to the police department no one was seriously injured.

Many people chose to get around in the snow on foot.

South Boston resident James Bowman said he liked the snow so much he wanted to go for a walk in it.

"Just getting out and getting a little exercise this morning. Probably won't go to work, like I said. Just walking out here, viewing the city. It feels pretty good out here this morning," Bowman said.

Danville residents Scott Adams and Brian Terry also enjoyed the snow.

"Because it's beautiful," Adams said when asked why he likes the snow.

He said he was looking forward to getting to work after the snow stops, though.

"Go shovel snow," Adams said happily when asked what he'll do when the snow stops.

Terry said the snow is peaceful and he enjoys taking walks in it.

"It's part of life. It's alright," Terry said. "(I walk) no more than a mile anymore."

Danville and South Boston were forecast to receive 3-6 inches of snow.

Earlier Wednesday, there didn't seem to be too many people driving on the roads in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has been working a significant increase in minor crashes and fender benders because of the amount of snow that came across the area.

"We have a normal amount of folks out on the roads, so it increases the amount of calls they are responding to. We take them as quickly as we can get them. With the schools closed today, it has reduced traffic a little bit as far as with the busses and things of that nature. So that has helped us quite a bit," said Lt. Mark Hollandsworth with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

As temperatures drop overnight, the Sheriff's Office is asking people to use caution both Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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