RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the heavy snowfall in Virginia (all times local):
The big snowstorm hitting Virginia is good news for skiers.
Hank Thiess, the general manager at the Wintergreen ski resort in central Virginia, says he’s expecting the giant snowfall to produce some of the best skiing conditions in a decade.
Thiess says there’s a potential for the mountain to get 40 inches of snow.
Wintergreen is warning skiers against trying to drive out to the slopes during the storm, but Thiess says once the snow has stopped and the roads are clear, there’s likely to be a big turnout for such prime conditions.
Thiess says the heavy snow should help the ski resort for weeks to come, and projects a terrific second half of the ski season.
A homeless shelter in the small southwest Virginia town of Galax has already gotten a handful of calls since the snow started falling from people needing coats, food or a place to stay.
Tammy Harmon, director of the Galax Hope House, says her shelter is beyond full capacity, with two people using extra cots.
She says demand was so high that she took some people to other shelters to make sure they were off the street before the storm.
Harmon says she feels the shelter is ready for the storm, as community members dropped off extra clothes and food before the snow started to fall.
She says the snow started falling in Galax around 3 a.m. and there are already several inches on the ground.
Portions of Virginia are under a blizzard warning.
The warning covers the central and northern Blue Ridge Mountains, where the National Weather Service says up to 2 feet of snow and strong winds will create dangerous, life-threatening conditions Friday and Saturday.
The blizzard warning in Virginia also stretches from the Fredericksburg area to the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
Southwestern, southern and portions of central Virginia are under a winter storm warning, while mostly rain is expected to fall in the Hampton Roads area, where the concern is for coastal flooding and high winds.
The big snowstorm has arrived in Virginia.
Some roads in southwest Virginia are already seeing deteriorating conditions as the storm moves north.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has about 2,500 crew members and more than 13,000 pieces of equipment for snow removal statewide, including plows, trucks and spreaders. It has more than 650,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives available, along with nearly 2 million gallons of liquid salt.
VDOT says it plans to clear interstates and primary roads first, followed by secondary roads, particularly those with heavy traffic.
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