Coming up on news seven at six, as Virginia is smothered by snow the
National Guard has been called in to help.
We'll bring you live reports from Roanoke to Blacksburg.
And we'll see how the conditions are in Danville and Lynchburg.
In sports, The Cowboys beat the Eagles and Georgia Tech knocks off 19-th
ranked Duke at Cameron Hall.
Some lingering snow showers tonight-- but what we'll really want to watch
out for is drifting snow.
We'll have an update on this big winter storm coming up shortly.
Virginia continues to be blanketed by snow-- as most of the east coast is
paralyzed by a winter storm.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6
This is News 7 at 6.
I'm Ron Jones.
The Blizzard of '96 has stopped Virginians in their tracks.
Accumulations of two feet in Southwest Virginia have closed most
businesses-- schools-- and local governments.
Denise Allen is out in the snow in Roanoke.
Denise, what are local governments doing to battle this bad weather?
Ron, Roanoke City officials have declared a state of emergency.
This storm has produced more than snow than the city's resources can handle.
Declaring a state of emergency allows the city to ask for state or federal
Roll cue: or federal assistance
IN Q=Roanoke City has
SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Emergency Services Coordinator; :08
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :34
SUPER=01-Jill Thompson/Amoco; :54
OUT Q=in the parking lot
(( Roanoke City has called in the National Guard.
The snow has made roads impassable even for emergency vehicles.
SOT tape 2 14:04:34
IN Q=one of the problems
((WANDA REED/EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATOR: ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE'RE HAVING
IS WE'RE GETTING EMERGENCY CALLS FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES AND OUR AMBULANCES ARE
GETTING STUCK SO WE ASKED FOR NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTANCE.))
OUT Q=NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTANCE
Snow removal has been slow all over the Roanoke Valley.
Mother nature is dumping it as fast as V-DOT can 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
The seemingly endless snow storm has closed most businesses.
Even those that tried to wait out the blizzard finally had to throw in the
SOT tape 1 11:17:25
IN Q=people getting
((JILL THOMPSON/AMOCO: PEOPLE GETTING STUCK IN THE PARKING LOT. REALLY FOR
THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE I THINK IT WOULD BE BEST TO CLOSE SO THEY DON'T HURT
THEMSELVES IN THE PARKINGLOT.))
OUT Q=IN THE PARKING LOT
Some travel notes, Valley Metro buses will not be operating Monday,
employees should NOT report to work.
Also interstate 77 is closed to truck traffic.
V-DOT officials say all roads are snow covered.
The worst road conditions are where the side streets meet the primary roads.
Plows have created snow drifts four to five feet deep blocking off some of
the side streets.
Wanda Reed says the 9-1-1 dispatchers have been overwhelmed with calls, so
please don't use 9-1-1 for non-emergency calls.
So Roanoke City is setting up a hotline for people with non-emergency
questions or calls.
Those numbers are:
Also a reminder to stay off the roads.
Abandoned cars make it difficult for emergency vehicles to reach those in
(Denise ad lib)
Tracy Altizer has been battling the blizzard in Blacksburg.
She joins us now from the New River Valley Newsroom.
Mother Nature certainly unleashed her fury here, you can see what we had to
trudge through just to get to our office door.
It is deep, and for drivers it is treacherous, so if you don't have to go
Roll cue: go out, don't.
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=have to walk.
(( 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.))
V-DOT is requiring chains or snow tires. All the roads are classified as
condition five, meaning there is some drifting out there.
(Q/A: ) Any idea how deep those drifts are getting?
It's no suprise that almost every school in our area will be closed
If they haven't called us yet-- they WILL be calling.
Following this newscast, -- during the C-B-S Evening News -- we'll run those
closings at the bottom of your screen.
Let's now check in with Kimberly who has a weather update.
(Ron ad lib)
CK/DOPPLER= DOPPLER RADAR LOOP
CK/LIVELINE= NATIONAL RADAR LOOP
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
More live coverage of the snow situation--
We'll check in with our Danville and Lynchburg Bureaus.
The snow is making it tough to do just about anything-- including getting
Connie Stevens will also have a live report.
MUSIC UP FULL
Southside is another region coping with the first major snow of the year.
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from our Danville Newsroom with a look at how
Southside is handling the weather.
Ron, the story here isn't how much-- rather how LONG its been since
Southside has seen snow like this.
Roll cue: snow like this.
IN Q=We're not
((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
SUPER=07-Linda Rehm; :00
OUT Q=it's crazy.
******teresa' mic hot hot hot *******
Indeed grocery and convenience stores were a hub of activity.
The snow began coming down yesterday morning, but many in Southside never
expected it to last.
Early this morning-- the snow changed over to a combination of snow and
ice-- creating hazardous road conditions.
Snow plows have left many primary roads passable, but most secondary roads
are nearly impossible to travel without four- wheel drive.
It's been years, since Southside has seen this much snow.
And, depending on how well you prepared, some say it's 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.
SUPER=07-Jeff Rehm; :00 VERY quick
SUPER=07-Anthony Scott; :05
OUT Q=they've missed.
Ron, on a more serious note the Salvation Army has opened an emergency
shelter here in Danville.
And, emergency dispatchers here in Danville are asking that residents NOT
call 911 for an update on road conditions.
Now, lets head to Lynchburg with a look at how folks there are coping with
No major problems to report over in central Virginia, except of course for
some very difficult travel conditions.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve, what kind of snowfall
totals are you looking at up there?
Teresa, in this area, we've seen anywhere from a foot of snow to twenty
inches...and I've even had some reports of up to two feet of snow in parts of
But whether it was two inches or twenty- two...it was good day to stay
IN Q=So much for
SUPER=01-Kenny Gravette/Amherst Co. Resident; :09
SUPER=01-Emma Snyder/Gettysburg, PA Resident; :33
SUPER=01-W.T. Ramey/Lynchburg VDOT Administrator; :45
OUT Q=try to get the roads clear.
(( So much for the picturesque Lynchburg skyline this morning..
Near blizzard conditions Sunday left both the view and the roads
IN Q=I have never
((KENNY GRAVETTE/AMHERST CO. RESIDENT: I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS BEFORE.
IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEATHERMAN FINALLY PICKED IT RIGHT TOO.))
OUT Q=right too.
This one was a no- brainer really.
With the storm barreling down on the Old Dominion, Lynchburg's VDOT workers
drew up their battle plans based on a computer analysis of conditions across
But even the average citizen could look outside and see today was not the
day to go visit relatives.
IN Q=It's been rough
((EMMA SNYDER/GETTYSBURG, PA RESIDENT: IT'S BEEN ROUGH, WE HAD AN 18- WHEELER
GO OFF IN THE MEDIAN IN FRONT OF US. WE STOPPED AND GOT HIM SOME HELP. BUT
WE'VE BEEN DOING PRETTY GOOD, JUST GOING ON UP THE ROAD. IT'S BEEN SLOW.))
OUT Q=it's been slow.
IN Q=Most people
((W.T. RAMEY/LYNCHBURG VDOT ADMINISTRATOR: MOST PEOPLE AREN'T HAVING TO WORK
TODAY, SO UNLESS IT'S A REAL EMERGENCY I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR PEOPLE TO
STAY HOME, THAT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO GET THE ROADS CLEAR.))
OUT Q=the roads clear.))
The snow was starting to let up here a little while ago
Steve/Ron dble Box
but it has regained its intensity in the past hour...it should make for an
interesting rush hour Monday morning. Ron?
Nearly all day we've told you to avoid the hazardous snow conditions and
But some folks did decide to trudge through with their daily routines.
Len Besthoff spoke with some of them.
IN Q=With more
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Douglas Stahl/Cross Country Skier; :09
SUPER=01-Ollie Moore/Waffle House; :24
SUPER=01-Bob Rotanz/Mac & Bob's; :36
SUPER=01-Dean Lindsey/Salem Presbyterian Church; 1:01
SUPER=@Len2; 1:10 Quick!!!
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
GENERIC SNOW SHOTS
With more than a foot and a half of snow on the ground, it's tough to do
nearly anything outside.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIER...VIDEO AFTER HIS SOT
You'd think it would be a cross country skier's dream...well, think again.
IN Q=Actually it's too
((DOUGLAS STAHL/CROSS COUNTRY SKIER: ACTUALLY IT'S TOO MUCH SNOW FOR CROSS
COUNTRY SKIERS, CAUSE IT'S NOT PACKED OR ANYTHING. SO IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE
OUT Q=quite difficult.
MONSTER TRUCK SIGN AT SALEM CIVIC CENTER
The snow is so deep it scared the monster trucks out of having their show.
SHOT WAFFLES IN WAFFLE HOUSE
Perhaps the only thing to do is go out to eat, SHOT SOMEONE WALKING OR
if you can make the trip.
IN Q=The weather
((OLLIE MOORE/WAFFLE HOUSE: THE WEATHER HAS KINDA PUT A DAMPER ON THINGS,
WE'RE HOPIN' THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GET OUT.))
OUT Q=might get out.
WAFFLE HOUSE SHOT INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
The Waffle House in Roanoke, MAC & BOBS INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
and Mac-and-Bob's in Salem is one of only a handful of places open.
IN Q=We have
((BOB ROTANZ/MAC & BOBS: WE HAVE THE ROANOKE COLLEGE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM,
THE ROANOKE COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM, WHO ARE KINDA STRANDED RIGHT NOW.
THEIR CAFETERIAS CLOSED UP AT THE COLLEGE, AND THE WHOLE SALEM PRESBYTERIAN
CONGREGATION CAME DOWN AFTER CHURCH.))
OUT Q=after church.
Nat Sot church group singing
LET SINGING VIDEO RUN A LITTLE LONGER
Somewhat appropriately, Mac-and-Bob's largest party has been the Salem
Presbyterian Church,ANOTHER SHOT CHURCH GROUP OR GENERIC STORM SHOT
one of the only churches that held services during the snowstorm.
IN Q=Most of us
((DEAN LINDSEY/SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: MOST OF US WALKED. WE HAD ABOUT 15
PEOPLE THERE AND A GOOD SPIRIT AND IT WAS REALLY NICE.))
OUT Q=really nice.
SHOT OF CAR DRIVING OR PERSON WALKING
But even though there are a few places to go, PEOPLE STUCK, GETTING PULLED
OUT, OF SNOW DRIFT....
perhaps the best place to get stuck is in your own house.
Get my drift?
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Despite the weather, and often BECAUSE of the weather-- there are still
medical emergencies to contend with.
Ron & Connie double boxes
Connie Stevens joins us-- after checking in with area hospitals and
emergency personnel today.
Ron, emergency rooms throughout the region are reporting that thankfully--
it's been a slow day for them, today.
Good thing, as it's no easy task to keep a hospital staffed-- or work on a
rescue crew on a day like today.
Roll Cue: a day like today.
IN Q=Today's been a bit
SUPER=01-Hank Pfister/Roanoke City Fire & EMS; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Micheal Rorrer/Community Hospital E.R. Physician; :24
SUPER=07-Art Prillaman; :50
OUT Q=a couple days.
IN Q=Today's been
((HANK PFISTER/ROANOKE CITY FIRE & EMS: TODAY'S BEEN A BIT OF A CHALLENGE FOR
US, GETTING IN AND OUT OF SOME OF THESE PLACES. BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE
CAN, WE HAVE FIRETRUCKS GOING IN WITH US FOR EXTRA MAN POWER AND THINGS LIKE
OUT Q=like that.
Also, be mindful that it's difficult for emergency crews to find what
they're looking for in all this snow.
Community Hospital is encouraging people to call an ambulance only in a
IN Q=They have to
((DR. MICHEAL RORRER/COMMUNITY HOSPITAL E.R. PHYSICIAN: THEY HAVE TO TAKE EVERY
CALL THAT COMES IN. WHICH MEANS THEY MAY ANSWER AN EAR ACHE AT THREE A.,NM HAVE
TO BRING THE EAR ACHE IN AND THAT RESULTS IN TWO THINGS. THEY'RE IN DANGER,
BECAUSE OF THOSE ROADS AND THE CONDITIONS. THE OTHER THING IS THAT THEY'RE TIED
UP AND CAN'T POSSIBLY ANSWER A MORE SERIOUS OR LIFE-THREATENING PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=life-threatening problem.
It also wasn't easy coming by medical supplies today-- but in Roanoke, a
single Revco saved the day for many.
IN Q=I had to get
((ART PRILLAMAN: I HAD TO GET OUT BECAUSE ONE OF MY ROOMMATES HAS AN EAR
INFECTION, SO WE HAD TO GET SOME MEDICINE AND COFFEE AND OTHER ITEMS TO MAKE
SURE WE GET THROUGH BECAUSE
I DOUBT WE'LL GET OUT FOR A COUPLE DAYS.))
OUT Q=a couple days.
Connie's mike hot under vo
The Towers Revco has just closed for the night, as has ---
If you do need medical help though, remember most doctor's offices do have
a physician on call.
Something else, as we're talking about safety-- be careful shoveling SNOW-- it
can be really hard on your heart.
Connie/Ron dble boxes
Another reminder-- those in mobile homes need to keep their ventilation
systems uncovered from all this snow-- that can prevent the furnace from
quitting, or even carbon monoxide poisoning
MUSIC ON TAPE
Roy will tell us who's playing in the N-F-C championship game,
And we'll have the week's top business stories in the News 7 business
MUSIC UP FULL
Region two-thousand scores the state's first big economic development
victory of 1996-- and union workers at A Henry County employer vote for a new
contract for the first time in 10 years.
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.
And coming up, The Cowboys win another N-F-C divisional playoff game
Kansas City and Indianapolis are battling in the A-F-C.
And for the first time in six years Georgia Tech leaves Duke's Cameron Hall
with a win.
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.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts are battling it out in the
A-F-C divisional playoff game in Kansas City.
Both teams scored in the first half and the game is going into the third
quarter with the score tied at 7 to 7. We'll have highlights tonight at 11.
The Virginia Tech Hokies first game in the Atlantic 10 is on Hold.
The snowstorm has 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
Before we leave, we just want to remind you that we will be showing school
closings during the C-B-S Evening News.
SS=News-7 at 6
And that's going to do for News 7 at Six.
Make sure you join us again at News 7 at 11 for all the updated news and