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First snow of 2018 reaches its end, roads to freeze into Thursday

Final snow totals

The first snow storm of 2018 is making lots of children and school teachers happy! The storm which organized over the Carolinas and Virginia dumped incredible snowfall amounts across Southside with a few totals exceeding 9 inches!

Why so much snow? The winter storm slowed down as it developed. The slower eastward progress caused higher snowfall totals, especially across Southside.

We measured exactly 4" of snow at ABC-13. WSET/ABC-13 is the official snow reporting site for Lynchburg.

ABC-13 was forecasting snowfall amounts in the 6” range across Southside. Numerous reports of near 8” were observed in the Danville area, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte counties. The ABC-13 snowfall amount forecast was higher than predicted by the National Weather Service.

Due to snow refreezing, slippery roads will be a problem all day Thursday. Nearly all local schools are closed for the day. Widespread slick and slushy roads can be expected in Southwest, Central and Southside Virginia on Thursday.

School cancellations and delays are also likely Friday in locations which received more than 4 inches of snow, especially across Southside.

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