Coming up on News 7-
The worst may be over-- but we're not out of the woods just yet...
Brent says prepare for the possibility of more sleet and freezing rain overnight.
Plus, an update on road conditions throughout the viewing area.
News 7 is next.
Sleet and freezing rain leave a layer of ice in western Virginia.
And the challenging conditions will linger overnight.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The worst of this winter storm may be over for most of western Virginia, but road conditions are still marginal at best.
The snow and ice have contributed to many accidents today, including a fatality in Pulaski County.
And the driving will remain difficult overnight.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Teresa / JoeD PATIO CAM;]
Joe Dashiell has been on the road this evening. Joe, how bad is it?
Teresa, The Virginia Department of Transportation tells us that major roads in Roanoke, Lynchburg and the New River Valleys are generally in moderate shape tonight... with severe conditions in Pittsylvania County.
We spent time this evening in Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Botetourt Counties, and wherever we went, we found significant snow and ice and troublesome conditions.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Baumgardner/Roanoke Co. Resident; :18]
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[SUPER=01-Shirley Niday/Old Mill Country Store; :41]
[SUPER=01-Jinnie Olinger/Bath County Resident; :56]
[OUT Q=so don't worry.]
((In Rockbridge County, and throughout western Virginia an army of snowplows cleared the way.
While slick pavement contributed to more than a few minor accidents, most drivers headed the warnings and stayed home.
Laura and Matt Baumgardner didn't have that option. They had cows to feed.
[IN Q=It took us about ]
((IT TOOK US ABOUT AN HOUR TO GET THE TRUCKS THAWED OUT JUST TO GET THINGS GOING. THE FARM TRACTORS THEY SIT IN THE SHED AND CRANK UP AND GO PRETTY GOOD, BUT THE TRUCKS THEY SIT OUT AND MAKES IT KIND OF ROUGH.))
[OUT Q=makes it kind of rough.]
The snow and ice didn't keep Shirley Niday at home either.
While the weather closed many businesses, her Old Mill Country Store in Botetourt County fed and fueled a steady stream of customers all day.
[IN Q=My oldest daughter]
((MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WILL SAY MOME LET'S NOT OPEN UP. IT'S GOING TO BE SO BAD PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE OUT. NO HONEY THIS IS WHEN THEY'RE OUT. THEY LIKE TO GET OUT IN THE SNOW.))
[OUT Q=get out in the snow.]
By the time we caught up with Jinnie Olinger, the Bath County resident was several hours into a challenging trip from Pennsylvania, scraping ice for the third time, and thinking of home.
[IN Q=We almost stopped]
((WE ALMOST STOPPED AND SPENT THE NIGHT, BUT WE FIGURED THAT WE'D JUST TRY TO GET ON HOME, SO MOTHER I'M ALMOST THERE. WE'RE ALMOST HOME, SO DON'T WORRY.))
[OUT Q=so don't worry.]))
We trust that Jinnie Olinger has made it home by now...
one additional note from the Roanoke Regional Airport Teresa.
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There have been a number of cancellations both tonight and tomorrow. And anyone planning to use the airport should check with their airline for specific flight information.
Today's weather also put a damper on church celebrations and as we mentioned-- just getting around.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens explains.
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[SUPER=01-Ruth Carter; :44]
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(([SOT 10:09][COVER BITE!!!]
((THE ICE, IT JUST DOESN'T WANT TO PLOW UP IT JUST PACKS DOWN AND ONCE YOU GET SNOW ON TOP OF IT YOU STILL HAVE A LAYER OF ICE UP UNDER IT 10:13))
Thanks to this, Sunday morning just wasn't quite the same.
At most churches, the doors of the church were NOT open.
And Blacksburg Transit's park and ride took on a different meaning, when the buses stayed parked, and the ride, well, was on you.
[7:49 NATS OF ICE SCRAPER]
And those who braved the roads said they DID not because they wanted to.
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((I'M JUST GETTING SOME STUFF FOR DINNER. 7:07))
((WE WERE GOING TO GO OUT ORIGINALLY THEN DECIDED WE WEREN'T GOING TO GO OUT. I FIGURED IT'S MUCH SAFER JUST FOR ME TO GO OUT INSTEAD OF ME MY WIFE AND MY SON. 7:17))
And while some left home to run a quick errand, others were just trying to get home.
((REPORTER: HOW MUCH OF A DRIVE IS IT? RUTH CARTER: SIX HOURS. SO WE'LL SEE HOW FAR I MAKE IT OR IF I FIND A HOTEL ROOM LATER ON (LAUGHS) 14:53))
Wherever your destination, V-Dot warns drivers to avoid using the backstreets if they can, because it will be a while before they get them cleared.
Perhaps, another reason to make THIS Sunday a day of rest.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Montgomery County.))
Travel was also challenging but not impossible for many in Central Virginia.
The area East of the Blue Ridge Mountains was supposed to see snow-- but mostly ended up with sleet and freezing rain.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( It was not a day for sun worshippers or any kind of worshippers for that matter.
With the exception of just a handful of churches like Thomas Road Baptist, most houses of worship were closed up tight as the storm raged through central Virginia.
Downtown Altavista was quiet and frozen with just a few vehicles on the streets this morning.. it was the same story on Main Street in Bedford where several inches of sleet had piled up by mid-day.
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Conditions remained sloppy throughout central Virginia all day.
The Lynchburg airport was nearly empty.. planes couldn't make it in and those on the tarmac here weren't going anywhere soon either.
Ice wasn't nice to motorists as well.. if they did try to venture out, thawing their car proved to be a major undertaking.
((I JUST GOT OUT HERE ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AGO. IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO GET MY TRUNK OPEN THOUGH, IT WAS FROZEN SHUT.))
In Lynchburg, where the snow removal budget has already been exhausted for this year, 50 trucks have kept up a steady attack on the streets since last night.
((GAYNELLE HART/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: LAST NIGHT THEY PUT A GOOD COAT OF SALT DOWN AND EVER SINCE THEN THEY'VE BEEN PLOWING AND TRYING TO STAY AHEAD.))
((WE'VE BEEN PLOWING OUR PRIMARIES AND OUR SECONDARIES EVER SINCE IT STARTED, JUST TRYING TO KEEP UP.))
[OUT Q=to keep up.]
Yet even as Old Man Winter tightened his grip on the region, there were signs of spring.. a few wayward robins wondering whether being the early bird might not be such a good idea after all.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
It wasn't ice and freezing rain-- but snow that's gripped northern Virginia and the nation's capital.
Washington D-C is under a declared snow emergency-- all traffic is banned except for emergency vehicles.
Even President Bush is sharing in the agony--
It took Bush's motorcade two and a half hours to get from Camp David back to the White House.
But closed roads and icy conditions are not the only travel nightmares.... airports throughout the northeast are either closed or
experiencing major delays.
Washington's Reagan was among the first to shut down, crushing travel plans across the country.
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Washington D-C may have seen near record snow fall, but other parts of the south saw flooding due to heavy rain.
Flash foods in Knox County, Tennessee this weekend caused a major mudslide that left this apartment complex crushed and one resident with serious injuries.
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[IN Q=WE JUST STOOD IN THE RAIN]
((WE STOOD THERE IN THE RAIN AND WATCHED AS THE BUILDING SLOWLY JUST SORT OF COLLAPSED VERY SLOWLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES AND THE MUD WHICH WAS PROBABLY 20 OR 30 FEET HIGH IT WAS HIGH ENOUGH TO BE COVERING PART OF THE BUILDING AND JUST PUSHED IT SLOWLY RIGHT ON DOWN THROUGH THE PARKING LOT.))
[OUT Q=THROUGH THE PARKING LOT]
The Forest Ridge apartments appeared broken in half as some of the structure was sunk into the ground.
Residents of the complex were evacuated to a nearby school.
Still ahead on the newscast, some good news for anyone who has waited in line at the DMV since November.
and as soldiers prepare for a potential war in Iraq, the Bush administration continues to try to rally support.
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells back in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up, Michael Waltrip splashes his way to Victory Lane for the second time in the Daytona 500. The Lady Cavs prove that they can be road warriors while the Lady Hokies get snowed under in Boston. Plus Tiger Woods, roars back from knee surgery to win his first event of the year. All that and more on the way in sports.))
House and Senate budget negotiators have tentatively agreed on a plan to restore Wednesday operating hours for all of Virginia's D-M-V offices.
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Governor Warner ordered the midweek closings in October.
The House and Senate plans already call for reopening 12 D-M-V service centers the governor also closed in his budget cuts last fall.
Talks between House and Senate conference committee members began on schedule today, despite heavy snow and sleet that made roads treacherous.
The U-S and Britain are continuing efforts to drum up support against Saddam Hussein.
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice says continuing to talk about more time for inspections just makes it easier for Iraq to avoid cooperating.
Drew Levinson has more.
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AS OPPOSITION TO WAR WITH IRAQ INTENSIFIES....THE U-S AND BRITAIN ARE IN A LAST-DITCH DIPLOMACY EFFORT TO GAIN THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
SOT - CONDOLEEZZA RICE/NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR (Meet The Press) "We are in a diplomatic window here, but a diplomati
c window that frankly can't last very much longer."
IN WHAT WILL REPORTEDLY BE A 'SOFTENED' SECOND RESOLUTION THAT DOESN'T EXPLICITLY CALL FOR WAR -- INSPECTIONS WOULD BE EXTENDED...WITH A DEFINED DEADLINE FOR PROGRESS.
MEANWHILE -- NATO HAS BROKEN A DEADLOCK OVER TURKEY. IF WAR BREAKS OUT -- A COALITION OF 18 NATIONS HAS NOW AGREED TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY.
SOT - GEORGE ROBERTSON/NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL 17:47:38 "NATO nations have assumed their collective responsibility towar
ds Turkey -- a nation at the moment under threat."
(STANDUP BRIDGE) DREW LEVINSON, KUWAIT CITY HERE IN KUWAIT....SOLDIERS ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE GREEN LIGHT....WITH EAC
H NEW DAY SOLDIERS KNOW THEY COULD BE ONE DAY CLOSER TO THE CALL FOR
(NATS...DRILL...SHOOTING.. LOCATOR: KUWAITI DESERT MARINES FIGHT HOUSE TO HOUSE AS THEY CONTINUE DRILLING FOR URBAN) WA
...AND THEN THERE'S THE THREAT OF A CHEMICAL ATTACK.
SOT - LANCE CORPORAL TASHA WYATT/MARINE - KENTUCKY "Our mask is our number one frickin' priority when were gettin' an
attack or somethin' -- break out the mask."
EVEN IN TARGET PRACTICE....TROOPS ARE DONNING THEIR MASKS..... MARINES SAY THEY'RE CONFIDENT...IF THEY HEAR THOSE THREE UNWANTED WORDS...
"GAS! GAS! GAS!"
THEIR EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES IN CASE OF WAR..
"Everyday we're thinkin' about that - every night - everytime we go to sleep...nobody wants to go to war...but it's our job - that's what we
AND WITH THE IRAQI BORDER JUST A FEW MILES AWAY--THESE SOLDIERS KNOW THEY SOON MAY CROSS IT.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.))
Police in Danville are investigating an early morning shooting that left two people injured.
The victims have been identified as 38- year old Hope Barksdale and 36- year old Darnzell Coles.
Police found the two around three o'clock this morning.
The pair told police that a man approached their car and fired shots at Coles.
Police say they have one suspect, and the investigation is still underway.
10 new police officers have been welcomed to forces in the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County.
Friday's graduation represents a milestone for the Roanoke Police Academy.
This is the 50th class to graduate from the basic school.
Four Roanoke City recruits and six Roanoke County officers spent 6 months learning the trade, and say they are ready to hit the pavement and fight crime.
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[SUPER=01-Barak Plogger/Roanoke City Graduate; :00]
((WE'VE HAD A LOT OF ACADEMIC AS WELL AS PHYSICAL TRAINING, TAKEN TESTS THROUGHOUT AS MANDATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, JUST SIX MONTHS... A LOT OF STUFF THERE. ))
[OUT Q=of stuff there. ]
The cadets will now continue their training with active members of the force.
Up ahead on the newscast, Brent will be along with the full icy forecast,
and as we prepare for a potential war with Iraq, a Virginia town that has a history of battles weighs in on the pros and cons.
An aging house in Lexington is getting ready to get some MAJOR support.
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The Lexington Historic Foundation recently bought the (RAH-ber-sun FAY-len) Roberson-Phalen House on Jefferson Street.
Now the house will need to be jacked up, and have major work done on the foundation.
The historic group hopes to restore the house-- which is one of the city's oldest-- and turn it into office space.
It was the scene for dozens of battles in the Civil War, so citizens in Winchester, Virginia have a unique view of a possible war in Iraq.
Joie Chen has more.
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((NARR: In a sleepy small town two hours outside the nation's capital, residents spend their mornings reminiscing about their town's role in
SOT: HENRY THOMPSON DURING THE CIVIL WAR IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE CHANGED HANDS BETWEEN 72 TO 76 TIMES // THE NORTH DI
DN'T WANT US AND THE SOUTH WOULDN'T HAVE US (LAUGHS)
NARR: But World War II veteran Henry Thompson and his friends turn serious when talk turns to the possibility of conflict with Iraq.
(SOT: HARRY BUTLER JR ) IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT EVERY DAY WHEN YOU OPEN THE PAPER BESIDES THE OBITUARY CO
(SOT: BRIAN METZ ) IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS OF DAILY CONCERN TO US. WE ARE NOT THE TYPE TO RUN AND HIDE WE HAVEN'T PUT TH
E DUCT TAPE UP AROUND OUR WINDOWS
NARR: And that makes Brian Metz- whose wife is expecting their second child - a lot like the rest of Americans..believing war will happen,
worried about terrorism, but continuing with their lives.
SOT:( KARL PATTERSON) WE KNOW ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON BUT WE ARE NOT LETTING IT CONTROL OUR LIVES
SOT:( CARMEN RIO ) WE CAN'T STOP CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES AND I THINK THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR TERRORISM
SOT: (MAYOR LARRY OMPS ) I'M PROBABLY NOT AS WORRIED AS IF I WERE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON
NARR: Winchester Mayor Larry Omps says his city is ready for a terrorist attack.
SOT: OMPS IF THEY DID EVACUATE WASHINGTON WE KNOW WHERE THEY WOULD COME THEY WOULD HEAD HERE GO TO THE MOUNTAINS SO TO
NARR: In Winchester people are paying more attention to things like the price of gas....going up....and the health of their local economy. At
the diner where singer Patsy Cline once worked money is tight.
SOT: (JUDY THORPE: ) YOU KNOW YOU ARE AFRAID TO SPEND ANY IF YOU DO HAVE IT BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TOMORROW MIGHT
NARR: The uneasy state of the world is never far from their thoughts. Judy Thorpe can't help think of her grandchildren's generation.
SOT: I'M NOT A YOUNGSTER ANYMORE SO YOU KNOW IF IT HAPPENS I'M READY TO GO BUT I THINK OF ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN IN TH
E WORLD THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LOSE THEIR LIVES AND NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO GROW UP (PAUSE) AND FINISH THEIR DREAMS
NARR: But these are people who have seen a lot of ups and downs. Some have seen war...or economic hardships...some have suffered personal loss.
SOT: DOUGLAS BUTLER WE WILL MAKE IT AS AMERICANS
NARR: There is a feeling that this crisis too shall pass. Joie Chen, CBS News, Washington. ))
Morgan McClure Racing used to dominate the restrictor plate tracks, winning 9 of 24 races at superspeedways between 1991 and 1996 with Ernie Irvan and Sterling Marlin. These days it's Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated that everyone is chasing and yesterday was no different in the 45th Daytona 500.
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Partly sunny skies ruled at the green flag but they soon gave way to rain.
Just 63 laps in the caution came out for the second time when Ken Schrader got knocked into Ryan Newman as the pack exited turn four. Newman, the rookie of the year from a season ago got the worst of it, as he goes on a wild ride, flipping thru the grass. Fortunately, he was able to walk away from the spectacular crash.
Just a short time later, the rain showers took over, red flagging the race for just over an hour.
When the race resumed, outside pole sitter, Dale Earnhardt, Junior lost his chance at the win thanks to a faulty battery.
His running mate on the front row, Jeff Green didn't fare much better smacking the wall and tearing up the AOL machine.
At lap 109, the rain was back, and Michael Waltrip was out front. Waltrip was eventually declared the winner of the Great American Race for a second time. DEI has now won 7 of the last 9 plate races.
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[WIPE TO MOTION]
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[SUPER=0106-6. Robby Gordon//7. Tony Stewart//8. Jeremy Mayfield//9. Mike Wallace//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Jeff Burton//12. Jeff Gordon//13. Kyle Petty//14. Jack Sprague//15. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Kenny Wallace//17. Sterling Marlin//18. Todd Bodine//19. Johnny Benson//20. Matt Kenseth//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Greg Biffle//22. Joe Nemechek//23. Elliott Sadler//24. Dave Blaney//25. Rusty Wallace//;]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies went North to battle Boston College this afternoon, and while the winter storm followed the team to New England, that was nothing compared to the storm that the Lady Eagles threw at Tech.
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Bonnie Henrickson's club was a game ahead of BC in the standings, tied for third with Villanova.
The Lady Hokies shot just 31 percent in the first half. Carrie Mason kept Tech in it, by scoring 10 of her 12 points in the first 20 minutes, but Tech trailed 32-24.
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The Eagles Becky Gottstein was a workhorse this afternoon. She scored a game high 22 points as Boston College went on to win it 65 to 47.
Elswhere in women's college hoops, the Lady Cavs of Virginia picked up some momentum for the stretch run with their first road win of the season at Georgia Tech.
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Debbie Ryan and company came in at just 5 and 7 in league play.
Coach Ryan liked to see this. Cherisse Graham getting to the rack for 2 of her 22 points in the contest. UVA led by nine at the break.
Later Anna Crosswhite then buries the three from the top.
Georgia Tech got to within one late, but Graham finished things off with the lay-in and Virginia hung on to win it 56 to 54.
The winter weather up and down the East Coast forced the postponement of tonight's ACC men's showdown between Wake Forest and Maryland. The two will now try to get the game in tomorrow afternoon.
The Roanoke Express was also snowed out today in Greensboro.
And the weather is to blame for the postponement of tomorrow's President's Day contest between the Dazzle and Fayetteville at the Civic Center. No makeup date has been set.
Finally, the Roanoke Valley Sports Club meeting set for tomorrow night has been called off as well.
We finish on the links where the much anticipated showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson never really materialized in today's final round of the Buick Invitational.
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That's because Woods ran away and hid from the field. Tiger fired a final round 68 on his way to a four shot win, the 35th of his career, but the first of the season. Woods showed no ill effects from arthroscopic knee surgery which took place just a few weeks ago.
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[OUT Q=I've missed that."]