Coming up on news seven at eleven
old man winter does his damage in the commonwealth and most of the east coast.
The National guard was even called.
But the worst of it may be over-- we'll have a live report.
And the snow has also caused a government shutdown of its own.
We'll tell you how it affected the nation's capitol.
News seven at eleven is next.
The snowfall has slowed, but with more than two feet of accumulation in some
areas, western Virginia will be digging out for days to come.
The Roanoke Valley remains under a local state of emergency tonight...
And Joe Dashiell reports the city of Roanoke has established an emergency
Residents of Roanoke may not need it, if the winter weather doesn't claim
any power lines over night...
But the city is preparing just in case... opening a shelter at the civic
While we may have seen the worst of this storm, there is still plenty of
Roll cue: of work ahead.
IN Q=Even the snowplows
SUPER=01-Sgt. Major James Rogers/Va. Army National Guard; :12
SUPER=01-Ann Sines/American Red Cross Volunteer; :33
SUPER=07-Lee Tucker; :45
OUT Q=anywhere you want. It's just great.
((Even the snowplows had their problems tonight on the streets of Roanoke
where traction, was a precious commodity...
The Humvees were on the move... as members of the Va. Army National Guard
lined up for their assignments.
IN Q=WE'll be here
OUT Q=we're going to get of this.
The Red Cross fired up the coffee pots at the Roanoke Civic Center for
public employees out in the snow.
And volunteers were prepared to provide shelter if necessary.
IN Q=If need be we can open
OUT Q=to do so.
Downtown Roanoke was deserted... except for a few hearty souls enjoying the
beauty of a winter night.
IN Q=It's just beautiful
OUT Q=its just great.))
Other announcements of note tonight... the Roanoke Regional Airport should
USAIR plans to resume its flight schedule at 11 AM.
Ron, while it may not be snowing very hard any more... most roads are not
clear... and many won't be for several days.
So it's going to be some time, before we can say that highway driving is
anything less than treacherous.
Roanoke city has also created a phone bank for non-emergency calls.
The storm has brought an avalanche of calls on Roanoke City's 9-1-1 center.
Officials are asking residents to call the phone bank for non-emergency
Those numbers are:
And as you can imagine, traveling is treacherous when there's more than two
feet of snow on the ground.
Department of Transportation officials say all roads are snow covered, even
Mother nature got the upper hand this afternoon--dumping snow faster than
V-DOT crews could push it away.
Now crews are using snowblowers to clear interstates.
SOT yesterday's tp 12:54:02
IN Q=when you have
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: WHEN YOU HAVE WIND COMBINED WITH HIGH ACCUMULATIONS OF
SNOW THEN YOU COULD HAVE PROBLEMS EVEN WORSE PROBLEMS THAN SLICK PAVEMENT, IN
TERMS OF VISIBILITY. THAT'S WHERE THE SNOWBLOWERS CAN REALLY HELP US.))
OUT Q= CAN REALLY HELP US
Also a reminder to stay off the roads.
Abandoned cars make it difficult for emergency vehicles to reach those in
CK/DOPPLER= DOPPLER RADAR LOOP
CK/LIVELINE= SNOWFALL TOTALS MAP
Parts of central Virginia also picked up more than two feet of snow today,
and while there were no major accidents, rush hour Monday promises to be a
risky undertaking for motorists.
Steve Smallshaw has more on how the Lynchburg area dealt with the storm.
IN Q=Believe it or
SUPER=01-Kenny Gravette/Amherst Co. Resident; :11
SUPER=01-W.T. Ramey/Lynchburg VDOT Adminstrator; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Believe it or not, the storm had actually lost of some of its punch by early
But a 1-2 combination of snow and wind earlier left central Virginia
IN Q=Man, I tell
((KENNY GRAVETTE/AMHERST CO. RESIDENT: MAN, I TELL YOU, ALL I DID WAS COME OUT
TO GET SOME MILK, MILK AND SOME CIGARETTES, I TELL YOU IT'S A MESS OUT HERE.))
OUT Q=mess out here.
No argument from the folks who had to be out Sunday... people like truck
driver Al Hart whose rig got stuck on Lakeside Drive.. and the police whose job
it was to get the Al Harts of the world back on the road.
((HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SAID THEY'D BE HERE IN JUST A MINUTE...))
With every available person on the clock working 12- hour shifts, VDOT was
struggling just to keep up with the storm on the main roads.
IN Q=Whenever we
((Whenever we get storms like this, officials always say don't go out on the
roads, and really that warning is based on the assumption that if you do go
outside, you can find your car and dig it out from whatever side street it's
parked on. Road crews say if you live on a secondary road in the city or the
county, you probably won't see a plow in your neighborhood for at least twelve
OUT Q=twelve hours.
((W.T. RAMEY/LYNCHBURG VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: HOPEFULLY IT WILL QUIT SNOWING TO
WHERE WE CAN HAVE THEM PASSABLE, TO WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO WORK TOMORROW.))
OUT Q=work tomorrow.
And of course if you don't have to work, stay home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
We'll check in on the snow situation in Montgomery County,
And, Connie Stevens will tell us about health problems caused by heavy snow.
MUSIC UP FULL
Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the New River Valley, dumping UPWARDS of
two feet of snow there.
Tracy Altizer reports.
SUPER=01-Jan Jackson/NWS Meteorologist; :16
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :21
SUPER=01-Matt Carroll/Christiansburg Rescue Squad; :42
SUPER=01-Lynn Barry/Floyd Resident; :57 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Adele Hobday/Blacksburg Resident; 1:00
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Amid the biggest snowstorm since the Blizzard of '93, the National Weather
Service office in Blacksburg lost its radar. But officials were still able to
determine that Old Man Winter did a number on the New River Valley.
((JAN JACKSON/NWS METEOROLOGIST: THE HARDEST HIT AREA EXTENDS FROM THE NEW
RIVER VALLEY AND THEN UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, UP
THROUGH CRAIG AND ALLEGHENY AND BATH COUNTIES, UP THAT WAY. ))
The mounds of snow proved too much for even a Norfolk Southern train loaded
Eighty-one cars derailed in Montgomery County, fortunately nobody was hurt.
And minor accidents were the order of the day on interstate 81, as V-DOT
crews found it difficult to keep up with the storm.
Police and rescue officials say motorists who don't have to be out make
their jobs tougher.
((MATT CARROLL/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: IT TAKES US A LONG TIME TO GET TO
THE CALLS THAT WE NEED TO RESPOND TO, AND THE OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, THEY
NEET TO STAY OFF THE ROADS SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH. ))
SOT nat of shoveling
For many, that won't be a problem, because it may take days just to dig out.
((I LIVE IN FLOYD AND I'M STRANDED IN BLACKSBURG. ))
((QUESTION: WHAT BRINGS YOU OUT HERE?
ADELE HOBDAY/BLACKSBURG RESIDENT: GROCERIES. MY CAR IS STUCK. THERE'S NO WAY
MY CAR WILL GET OUT SO I HAVE TO WALK.))
If you do have to go out in a vehicle, be advised that VDOT has classified
the roads in the New River Valley as condition five, which means snow tires or
chains are required, and there are minor drifting problems in some locations.
Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))
Southside residents are also coping with Mother Nature's strong will.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at how that region is coping.
IN Q=We're not
SUPER=07-Linda Rehm; :00
SUPER=07-Lee Holland; :24 VERY QUICK!!
SUPER=07-Natalie & Terry Jackson; :28
SUPER=07-Jeff Rehm; :49 Quick!
SUPER=07-Anthony Scott; :52
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((LINDA REHM: WE'RE NOT USED TO IT, I MEAN, IT NEVER SNOWS HERE AND NOW THAT
IT HAS, EVERYBODY JUST FREAKS OUT, RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE, I MEAN IT'S
OUT Q=it's crazy.
Indeed grocery and convenience stores were a flurry of activity.
Many Southside residents were caught off guard, never expecting this type of
precipitation, in a region that's more likely to see freezing rain than snow.
IN Q=Yes, definitely
((LEE HOLLAND: YES, NO ONE AROUND HERE IS USED TO THIS. ))
OUT Q=used to this.
IN Q=Has it
((REPORTER SPEAKS: HAS IT BEEN A REAL HEADACHE FOR YOU?
TERRY JACKSON: NO, IT HASN'T BEEN A PROBLEM, YET. TILL NOW, SINCE WINN DIXIE'S
OUT Q=winn dixie's closed.
Snow plows have left many primary roads passable..
But most secondary roads in Southside are still treacherous and nearly
impossible to travel without four- wheel drive.
Still many say it's been a welcome site.
IN Q=It's worth it
((JEFF REHM: IT'S WORTH IT, I DON'T GOT TO GO TO WORK MONDAY, SO IT'S WORTH IT
ANTHONY SCOTT: THEY WANTED IT FOR CHRISTMAS AND THEY WANTED IT FOR ALL THESE
OTHER TIMES AND NOW THIS RIGHT HERE IS MAKING UP FOR EVERY YEAR THEY'VE MISSED.
On a more serious note, the Salvation Army in Danville has set up an
emergeny shelter on Henry Street for folks who may find themselves without heat
or water. Teresa Hamilton News 7.))
Staying warm, dry and safe is the order of the night-- but still, there are
some medical emergencies that just can't wait.
As Connie Stevens reports, emergency rooms throughout the region are
thankfully reporting a slow day.
IN Q=At Roanoke's
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Community Hospital E.R. Physician; :15
SUPER=01-Hank Pfister/Roanoke City Fire & EMS; :34
SUPER=01-Tracy Ayers/Pharmacist; :53 QUICK!!!!!
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
At Roanoke's Community Hospital, medical personnel are asking the public to
take care of themselves--- and thereby, decrease the danger to emergency crews.
Also, don't dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance unless it's a serious emergency.
IN Q=They need to
((DR. MICHEAL RORRER/COMMUNITY HOSPITAL E.R. PHYSICIAN: THEY NEED TO GET THE
CRITICALLY ILL PEOPLE-- THE PEOPLE WITH THE HEART ATTACKS, THE BROKEN BONES AND
STROKES AND ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR THEM TO GET AN
INAPPROPRIATE CALL BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SCREEN THOSE.))
OUT Q=screen those.
But rescue and fire teams say for the most part, they're ready.
IN Q=We've got several
((HANK PFISTER/ROANOKE CITY FIRE & EMS: WE'VE GOT SEVERAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
VEHICLES, WE HAVE ALL THEM IN SERVICE. WE'VE PUT CHAINS ON EVERYTHING. WE'VE
EVEN CHAINED UP SOME OF OUR FOUR WHEEL DRIVES. TODAY'S BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A
CHALLENGE GETTING IN AND OUT OF SOME OF THESE PLACES BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST
OUT Q=best we can.
Most drugstores are now closed-- though in Roanoke, a single Revco is
saving the day for many.
IN Q=Most doctors
((TRACY AYERS/PHARMACIST: MOST DOCTORS HAVE SOMEBODY ON CALL THAT CAN TALK TO
THEM ON THE PHONE. ))
OUT Q=on the phone.
standup tag "ER" TAPE 10:05:37
Health experts are also making a plea to older people-- don't shovel snow,
it may be just too hard on the heart.
For the younger set-- it's often sledding injuries that can be prevented.
The key though for everyone, is common sense.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
The Nation's Capital is seeing as much of the same snow as we are, but with
Old man winter is at work overseas too--
We'll show you how slippery it is on the Autobahn.
MUSIC UP FULL
It's a one-two punch for the nation's capital: first a budget crisis that
crippled the government,
and now a blizzard has paralyzed the city.
President Clinton bundled up to make his way through the snow to church.
A press van tried to follow but got stuck in the snow.
Republican presidential candidates Bob Dole and Phil Gramm had to skip a
campaign dinner in New Hampshire because the D-C area's airports are closed.
And the museums that just reopened yesterday after a three-week shutdown
are closed once again.
Ice is also affecting roads in Europe-- especially on Germany's Autobahn.
Severe icing made one of the world's fastest roadways terribly slick.
Collisions in Frankfurt-- Stuttgart and other cities and towns killed 15
people and injured more than two-hundred.
Drivers unable to deal with the rain and black ice had serious accidents.
Police estimate more than two-thousand pile-ups within several hours.
Those cars not caught in accidents were in back-ups several miles long.
In Bosnia a French aircraft came under enemy small arms fire in Sarajevo.
The civilian Falcon 50 executive jet was hit twice by small-arms fire during
an approach to the Sarajevo Airport.
Two bullet holes were found in the fuselage.
NATO is studying measures to avert such incidents, which threaten the
success of the NATO-led multi-national effort to restore peace in Bosnia.
None of the military personnel on board were hurt and the plane landed
Heironimus is having a clearance sale to clean out it's downtown Roanoke
And a Bridge over the Jackson River in the Alleghany Highlands should pave
the way for new industrial business.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and
central Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Low Moor/Thursday; :41
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape; :53
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Congressman L-F Payne is putting on the full court press to make sure the
state's biggest cash crop doesn't get regulated as a drug.
Payne met with Pittsylvania County tobacco farmers earlier this week.
A Roanoke institution is having quite a farewell party after more than a
Heironimus will leave the city's retail district this month, but first it's
having a big clearance sale.
Bedford County landed a big one, and we're not talking about Smith Mountain
Governor Allen came to town to help announce Barr Laboratories of New York
will invest 14-million-dollars to build a state of the art pharmaceutical plant
and employ 125 people.
That same day Alleghany Highlands leaders dedicated a bridge across the
Jackson River; the missing link to 300 acres of prime industrial real estate.
The Bacova Guild of Bath County has already begun setting up shop there.
For the first time in a decade union workers at the Martinsville DuPont
plant have approved a contract.
76-percent of the nylon workers who voted supported the offer.
And the trickle down effect from cutbacks at the Volvo-G-M truck plant in
Dublin has impacted an engine and axle company in Salem.
Mascotech laid off 34 workers.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 64 points,
closing at 5181-point-43.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, LADD Furniture of North Carolina has sold a subsidiary with
a large operation in Virginia.
A New York investment group has purchased Fournier (four-KNEE-air) Furniture
for about 13-million-dollars.
Fournier has a plant in Saint Paul, Virginia, that employs more than 350
Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders each scored touchdowns this afternoon as
the Dallas Cowboys beat Philadelphia 30 to 11.
Dallas will host Green Bay in the N-F-C championship game next Sunday.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
The Cowboy Fans were fired up for the playoff game.
Chris Boniol got the Cowboys on the board in the first quarter with this
24 yard field goal to make it 3 to nothing Dallas.
Dallas then goes to the trick play Deion Sanders takes the handoff on the
reverse and works his way down the sideline to score from 21 yards out 10 to 3
Just before the half the Cowboys scored again. This time Emmitt smith
takes the handoff and scores from the one Dallas led 17 to 3.
The Cowboys added another score SUPER=30-Dallas/=30/Philadelphia/=11;
with five minutes left in the game Troy Aikman hitting Michael Irvin on the 11
yard touchdown pass and Dallas wins it 30 to 11.
IN Q=First audio
((DEION SANDERS/SCORED ONE TOUCHDOWN: ))
((TROY AIKMAN/COWBOY QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Scored a Touchdown; :00
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Cowboy Quarterback; :20
OUT Q=.....BATTLE FOR US."
Lin Elliott's third straight missed field goal allowed the Indianapolis
Colts to knock off Kansas City 10 to 7 in the A-F-C divisional playoff game.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/NBC SPORTS; :
The Chiefs warmed up the home crowd early in the game.
In the first quarter Steve Bono goes to the air and hits Lake Dawson on
the 20 yard touchdown pass and the Chiefs took a 7 to nothing lead.
The Colts came kicking back. Jim Harbaugh throws the 5 yard touchdown
pass to Floyd Turner and the game was tied at 7 to 7 at the half.
Cary Blanchard then connected on this 30 yard field goal in the third
quarter and the Colts took the 10 to 7 lead.
Elliott had a chance to tie the SUPER=30-Indianapolis/=10/Kansas
City/==7;game with less than a minute left but the 43 yard field goal is wide
left and the Colts win it 10 to 7.
IN Q="I think
((ASHLEY AMBROSE/COLT DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
((LAMONT WARREN/COLT RUNNING BACK: ))
SUPER=01-Ashley Ambrose/Colt Defensive Back; :00
SUPER=01-Lamont Warren/Colt Running Back; :14
OUT Q=........having fun."
The Colts will play the Steelers in the Divisional Championship game next
And coming up, Scores from the N-B-A and college basketball Mark O'Meara
wins the Mercedes championship.
And for the first time in 9 years Georgia Tech leaves Duke's Cameron hall
with a victory.
The Virginia Tech Hokies first game in the Atlantic 10 is on Hold.
The snowstorm forced cancellation of the top 25 contest between the 18-th
ranked hokies and visiting St. Joseph's.
Tech officials have not yet rescheduled the Atlantic 10 match up.
For the first time since 1987 Georgia Tech will leave Duke's Cameron Hall
with a win.
This afternoon Stephon Marbury scored 27 points as the Yellow Jackets
beat the blue devils 86 to 81.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/JP-RAYCOM; :
Duke lead at the half and when Center Greg Newton hit the short jumper the
Blue Devils went on top 43 to 39.
That lead didn't last long Marbury pulls up and hits the jumper and the
game was tied at 43 to 43.
But Duke's Chris Collins got hot on this play he hits a three pointer and
the Blue Devils led 46 to 44.
Georgia Tech answered Drew Barry comes through with this three pointer and
The Yellow Jackets led 47 to 46.
Georgia Tech would maintain the SUPER=33-Georgia Tech/=86/Duke/=81;lead
the rest of the way the beating the 13-th ranked Blue Devils 86 to 81.
The Roanoke College Washington and Lee basketball game has been postponed
But because of the rivalry Paige Moir says the game will be another tough
one for his Maroons.
IN Q=First audio
((PAIGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: IT'S A DEFINTELY NOT AN OVERUSED CLICHE TO
SAY, THROW THE RECORDS OUT ON THIS ONE. W&L IS GOING TO BE LADED TO BEAR WHEN
WE GO IN THERE SATURDAY. THEY'RE GOING TO PLAY IT AS ONE OF TE BIGGER GAMES OF
THE YEAR, AND WE BETTER DO THE SAME THING TOO. BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT
GAME UP THERE--LAST YEAR WE WENT UP THERE A LITTLE CONFIDENT IN OURSELVES AND
THEY SPANKED US PRETTY GOOD AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE READY TO PLAY THIS
TIME SO THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Paige Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........happen again."
The Doubleheader will tip off at 5 and the men's game begins at 7:30
Malik Sealey had the hot hand this afternoon as the Los Angeles Clippers
beat the Vancouver Grizzlies 101 to 93.
SUPER=03-Vancouver, British Columbia/KCOP; :
In the first half, L-A's Brian Williams works the baseline for the easy
basket and a three point lead.
The Grizzlies get into the hand of point guard Greg Anthony he takes it to
the hoop and scores Vancouver led by 2.
The Clippers go outside Rodney Rogers hits the three pointer from the
corner and L-A led 43 to 39.
Sealey takes it to the hoop in SUPER=30-L.A.
Clippers/101/Vancouver/=93;the third quarter for the easy layup for two of his
25 the Clippers beat Vancouver 101 to 93.
For the rest of today's scores from college and pro sports lets go to the
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
Mark O'Meara shot under par again today to win the Mercedes Championship,
The First P-G-A event of the year.
SUPER=03-Carlsbad, CA/ESPN; :
O'Meara made this birdie putt at the 11-th hole to put him at 16 under par
and far in front of the field.
He closed with a 4 under par 68 to finish at 271 17 under par for a three
shot win on Scott Hock and Nick Faldo.
And in case you haven't see enough of snow.
Take a look a this.
Over in China The Harbin Ice Festival showcases huge ice sculptures of
castles, and icy
playgrounds complete with slides and ice tunnels.
And if you enjoy swimming anytime of the year-- the festival also included a
freezing dip into pools, using ice blocks for diving boards.