By Logan Hendrix
Like much of the southeast, the Rockbridge area was hit with heavy snow beginning Wednesday afternoon continuing into Thursday. The storm closed local schools and businesses and forced cancellation of many events.
Snow depths ranged from six to 12 inches throughout the region.
Fire and Rescue Chief Ty Dickerson said there have been no major accidents in the area. A Toyota overturned on Link Road around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because of the snow, but there were no injuries. However, one death from a car crash has been confirmed in Central Virginia.
All public elementary, middle and high schools in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County were closed Thursday, as well as Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University.
An Emergency Operations Center opened at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington. Nearly everything in town was closed or operating on limited hours.
“The question is what’s open?” Dickerson said.
According to Lexington’s website, the 13 stores still open on Thursday are: CVS, Lexington Prescription Center, Kroger, Food Lion, Sheetz, Stop-In, Rockbridge Farmers Coop, Rockbridge Auto Parts, Wendy’s, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Pronto and Domino’s.
City Financial Director Gary Swink said the city helps pay for snow shoveling and plowing, but he doesn’t believe the budget will be hurt too much by this snowfall.
“We plan for snow, so I think we’ve built into our budget the adequate amount,” Swink said.
Swink lives in Rockbridge County and said he hasn’t seen this much snow since 2009.