Coming up on news seven at six the snow may have stopped but the deep freeze
How are clean-up crews dealing with it... we'll have a live report.
And in Grayson County a 3-year-old boy shoots his 5-year-old sister.
In sports, Highlights from the Bulls Lakers game and Virginia Tech and
Virginia pick up conference wins.
We just can't seem to get a break from Old Man Winter--
While the snow has ended-- the bitter cold temperatures are just beginning.
A wind chill advisory is in effect.
The clean up has just begun... but the deep freeze is slowing things down.
Pennsylvania County officials say around 700 families are without
electricity in the county.
They're opening a sheltor at 7:30 at Dan River High School.
Forecasters say it's going to drop into the single digits tonight... making
just BEING outside hazardous.
Denise Allen is out in the cold.
Denise, how WILL the cold impact the cleanup effort?
Ron, these frigid temperatures mean slick roads for days.
V-DOT officials say the chemicals they use will work in temperatures in the
The problem is the high tomorrow is only supposed to be around 18 degrees.
Roll cue: around 18 degrees
IN Q=Plows attacked
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :09
SUPER=01-Evelyn Manneta/Roanoke Memorial Hospital; :42
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Finkler/Roanoke Animal Hospital; 1:07
SUPER=07-David Tien; 1:28
OUT Q=so easy so calm
(( Plows attacked the secondary roads today in the Roanoke and New River
V-Dot officials say it will take another day to reach people in the higher
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THE ROADS ARE GOING TO BE SLICK AND THEY'RE GOING TO
STAY THAT WAY FOR A FEW DAYS. BUT THEY ARE PASSABLE. WHAT WE CAN DO TO ASSIST
IN THE TROUBLE SPOTS IS PUT DOWN ABRASIVE MATERIAL TO GIVE A LITTLE MORE
The mercury isn't supposed to rise much over the next few days.
But some sun could do wonders for the clean up effort.
((IF WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF SUN IT ACTUALLY COULD HEAT UP THE ASPHALT JUST
ENOUGH TO BREAK UP WHAT'S OUT THERE AND SO WE'RE ALL KEEPING OUT FINGERS
While the sun may warm up the roads it will do little to warm you up.
Doctors say take precautions.
((DR. EVELYN MANNETA/ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID
EXPOSURE. AT TEMPERATURES OF 18 DEGREES WHEN YOU HAVE WIND YOU CAN'T BE
OUTSIDE FOR LONG WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHING. LAYERING IS IMPORTANT, MAKING SURE
YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BREAK THE WIND ON THE OUTSIDE.))
Pets also suffer in the cold temperatures.
Frost bite to the the ear tips and toes is a possibility.
Animals can also get dehydrated.
((DR. MARK FINKLER/ROANOKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL: THE WATER BOWLS WILL FREEZE SOLID
AND THE ANIMAL HAS NO ACCESS TO WATER AND WILL NOT EAT. SO EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE
PROVIDING FOOD IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY HAVE WATER.))
Many spent the day digging out to avoid tonight's big freeze.
While the storm has been an aggravation to some, others look at it as a
picture taking opportunity.
((DAVID TIEN: I THINK THE SNOW IS BEAUTIFUL. I LIKE SNOW. IT MAKES MY HEART
FEEL SO EASY, SO CALM.))
V-DOT officials say roads in the Roanoke and New River Valleys are passable
with minor to significant delays.
The higher elevations like Giles and Patrick County road conditions are much
You'll experience significant delays there.
Also Ron, the South Boston Police department is asking for donations of
kerosene and kerosene heaters.
If you need shelter information in that area call the South Boston Police
(Q: Denise what do these road conditions mean to drivers?)
Ron, if you're out on the roads expect the unexpected.
Laura Bullock says drive for the conditions.
You won't be able to drive at your normal speed, even if you have a four
wheel drive vehicle.
And if you are traveling and need to find out state road conditions you can
call VDOT at 1-800-367-ROAD.
In Danville, the Red Cross has also opened a sheltor at the Westwood Middle
School for those affected by the storm.
If you do need to be outside tonight, please take precautions.
As I mentioned earlier, all of southwestern and central Virginia is under
a wind chill advisory tonight.
We could see wind chills dive down to between 15 and 25- Below Zero.
We've got lots of arctic air pushing down from the upper Midwest--
that, along with the new snowfall will make for a hazardous travel night.
Because, of course, the moisture on the roads will re-freeze.
So, again if you have to be out, bundle up in layers-- and use extra
caution on the roads.
So, we have a bit of a double risk out there-- the frigid wind chills and
the snow and ice on the ground.
A V-DOT truck driver in Roanoke County was out battling the weather this
afternoon... but this time the snow won.
It happened around 1-45 this afternoon.
The driver was pushing show off Crystal Creek Road when he got a little to
close to the edge.
His truck then toppled down a 20 foot embankment and landed on its top.
The vehicle was later recovered and the driver, though a little shaken, was
A five-year-old Grayson County, girl is fighting for her life in a North
Carolina Hospital tonight.
The sheriff's department says the girl was accidentally shot by her three
year old brother.
The children's names are not being released because of their age.
The girl was flown to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, with a gunshot
wound to the head.
She is in critical condition.
The shooting happened around ten this morning.
No charges have been filed.
The investigation continues.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
All of the white stuff has many seeing green!
We'll tell you how people are making money off the recent snow.
And Theresa Hamilton will bring us all the icy news from Danville when we
MUSIC UP FULL
Southside was among the hardest hit by this latest blast of winter weather.
For that region SNOW wasn't the problem... it was the ice and freezing rain.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at how folks there are trying to cope.
SUPER=01-Keith Noe/Danville Electric Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Leslie Cosner/Danville Electric Employee; :40
SUPER=07-Jordan Motley; 1:11
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
IN Q=Yeah, we worked
((KEITH NOE/DANVILLE ELECTRIC EMPLOYEE: YEAH, WE WORKED 16 1/2 LAST NIGHT AND
THEY LET US GO HOME AND GET A COUPLE OF HOURS SLEEP AND WE'RE BACK AT IT AGAIN
THIS MORNING. ))
One can only hope Keith Noe had rested up-- because he certainly had his
work cut out.
At one time, 25- hundred homes in the Danville area were without power.
Elsewhere, the story was much the same in Southside.
Folks in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties were also affected.
Yesterday's downpour of ice and freezing rain left its mark.
Ice had frozen to nearly everything it came in contact with-- whether it be
sidewalks or door handles.
No problem, there.
The trouble was with power lines and trees, which simply snapped under all
IN Q=You get one
((LESLIE COSNER: YOU GET ONE TREE UP AND THEN, THERE'S THE DANGER OF THEM
FALLING ON TOP OF YOU WHILE YOU'RE GETTING UP THE LINES DOWN IN THERE, YOU
KNOW, SO IT'S KIND OF DANGEROUS TO BE DOWN IN THERE WITH TREES FALLING LIKE
OUT Q=falling like that.
The job was also frustrating.
Many times power company employees had to cut trees that had fallen across
the road to find the damaged power lines.
The cold temperatures were another complication.
The ice and freezing rain from yesterday made driving difficult.
Even primary roads, still had a layer of ice.
IN Q=I just praise
((JORDAN MOTLEY: I JUST PRAISE GOD I'M ABLE TO GET BACK OUT IN IT, IT'S RIGHT
SLIPPERY BUT I'M JUST THANKFUL I'M ABLE TO GET OUT AND GET AROUND AND DO
SHOPPING AND WHATEVER I NEED TO DO.
REPORTER ASKS: WERE YOU ONCE OF THOSE LEFT WITHOUT POWER?
NO, MAM, I PRAISE GOD THAT I WAS BLESSED, I WASN'T OUT OF POWER. ))
OUT Q=i wasn't out of power.
The wintry weather did have its perks.
For kids, it was a chance to pull out the sled.
For others, it was a chance to sit back and enjoy the beauty.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
Virginia Power says around eleven-thousand customers in the Hampton Roads
area are without electricity after ice covered limbs snapped and fell on power
lines this morning.
And in the Tidewater area more than 160-thousand customers were without
power this morning.
More than three inches of ice was frozen on power lines.
Two thousand workers will try to fix the problem this weekend.
Virginia Power says it could take another day to get service restored.
There weren't TOO many people outside this morning.
But most of those who did brave the elements were working hard-- to make
OTHER people's lives easier.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Mother Nature
SUPER=07-Bob Levine; :16
SUPER=07-Chuck Jarret; :33
SUPER=01-Connie Ratcliffe/Newspaper Courier; :50
SUPER=07-Marcus Wilhelm; 1:04
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7;
(( Mother Nature rolled in... and the scrapers rolled out.
Snow plow drivers worked through the night once again-- focusing on the
Roanoke Regional Airport and primary roads.
Early morning travelers said their efforts did not go unnoticed.
((BOB LEVINE: ACTUALLY, IT WASN'T ALL THAT BAD. I CAME RIGHT DOWN FRANKLIN ROAD
AND IT WAS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. ))
OUT Q=pretty good shape
There were others that went to work on parking lots and sidewalks.
Folks like Chuck Jarret were doing their best to grin and bare it.
IN Q=It's going
((CHUCK JARRET: I WANT TO GET DONE BEFORE THE WIND GETS HERE. I HAVE A FEELING
I'M GOING TO FREEZE IF I HAVE TO BE OUT THERE THEN.))
OUT Q=out there then
Connie Ratcliffe was out there... making sure everyone got to read about
this latest winter blast.
But this time the snow did not mean hard times for the Roanoke Times.
IN Q=It's the deep
((CONNIE RATCLIFFE/NEWSPAPER COURIER: IT'S THE DEEP SNOW. IT'S HARD TO GET
THROUGH THE SNOW. PEOPLE HAVEN'T SHOVELED THEIR SIDEWALKS AND THE SNOW SCRAPERS
HAVE SCRAPED IT UP TO YOUR WASTE ON THE SIDE OF THE STREET. ))
OUT Q=side of the street.
But believe it or not there was at least one person just out for a leisurely
stroll this morning.
IN Q=Marcus Wilhelm
((MARCUS WILHELM: I'M WALKING TO SEE A FRIEND OF MINE ALL THE WAY IN VINTON.
QUESTION: YOUR GOING TO WALK TO VINTON THIS MORNING?
OUT Q=this morning, yeah.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
There's NO business like SNOW business.
Big drifts equals big profits for independent plow operators.
The Virginia Department of Transportation contracts the extra help.
But there's also parking lots that need to be cleared.
Bobby Higgins moonlights as a plow operator after winter storms.
He says he was busier during January's big storm.
But this month's sequel is still bringing in the bucks.
Now the cold temperatures are making his second job difficult.
IN Q=it's harder to
((BOBBY HIGGINS/PLOW OPERATOR: IT'S HARDER TO GET THE LOTS CLEAR ALL THE WAY
DOWN TO ASPHALT. PEOPLE DRIVE ON IT AND PACK IT DOWN AND I CAN'T DO MUCH WITH
SUPER=01-Bobby Higgins/Plow Operator;
OUT Q=DO MUCH WITH IT
Higgins is a salesman by trade.
But he says, the extra cash comes in handy when it's time to pay bills.
MUSIC ON TAPE
We'll offer you a good remedy for Cabin Fever.
They swept the snow off the big top... now its on with the show.
MUSIC UP FULL
Old man winter doesn't have enough power to stop the greatest show on earth.
Performers in the Kazim Shrine Circus say the show must go on.
The weather has shut down many businesses but it couldn't hold back the
Officials are hoping the snow and ice won't stop people with cabin fever
from attending the show.
There are six performances scheduled for this weekend.
You can take in all the thrills and chills at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Tickets are four dollars for children and eight dollars for adults.
And coming up, Highlights from the Bulls visit to Magic's house Virginia
breaks a five game losing streak with a win over Florida State.
And Virginia Tech ups its record to 8 and 1 in the Atlantic 10 with an
overtime victory over Rhode Island.
Virginia Tech had a scare on the road at Rhode Island this afternoon But
the Hokies pulled away to win the game in overtime 72 to 66.
SUPER=03-Providence, RI/ATLANTIC 10 NETWORK; :
The Hokies trailed by 8 at the half but when Travis jackson hit the jumper
Tech led 40 to 39 with 13 minutes let in the game.
Rhode Island came right back Chad Thomas takes it to the hoop for the
basket And the Hokies trailed 41 to 40.
Ace Custis was the go to man on this play he hits the jumper for two of
his 18 points in the game tech led by two.
The Rams rallied Tyson Wheeler pulls up and hits the trey from the corner
and the game was tied at 49 to 49.
Tech led by as many as five but the Rams sent the game into overtime when
Preston Murphy nailed the three.
The Hokies took control after the SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=72/Rhode
Island/=66;tip and Virginia Tech gets the 72 to 66 win in overtime upping its
A-10 record to 8 and 1.
The Virginia Cavaliers found a way to win on the road this afternoon
beating Florida State 64 to 59.
SUPER=03-Tallahasse, FL/ABC SPORTS; :
Jeff Jones and the Cavs hoping to break a five game losing streak.
But the Seminoles took the early lead when Randall Jackson hit the jumper
for a four point margin.
Virginia comes right back Courtney Alexander takes the ball to the hoop for
the score and the Cavaliers tied the game.
Florida State continued to hit the outside shot. Scott Shepherd connects
this time and the Cavaliers trailed at the half.
But Point Guard Harold Deane went SUPER=33-Virginia/=64/Florida
State/=59;to work here he scores three of his game high 25 points as the
Cavaliers come from behind to beat the Seminoles 64 to 59.
The Hampden-sydney Roanoke college game was postponed today and
rescheduled for 4 tomorrow.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/RAYCOM; :
In Durham, Jeff Capel scored 21 and Ricky Price 15 as the Blue Devils upset
24-th ranked Clemson.
For that and all of today's college scores lets check the Numbers.
IN Q=First score
OUT Q=....georgia tech."
The Magic Johnson comeback continued at the Forum last night as the Chicago
Bulls and Michael Jordan rolled into town.
But Scottie Pippen stole the show from both Magic and Michael as the Bulls
beat the Lakers 99 to 84.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/TNT; :00
Magic started the night on the bench and in case you're wondering Dennis did
not change his hair color the special evening.
One of the new breed Lakers would lead the way early as Eddie Jones scored
for first 8 points of the game, 2 on this jam.
Magic came in midway through the first quarter and went to work on Rodman
swinging down low and nailing the sky hook.
Then Michael would answer that with a fake, drive and jam for 2 of his own.
Magic would get respect but no slack from Rodman who kept him under wraps the
Pippen took the game over from the SUPER=32-Chicago/=99/L.A.
Lakers/=84;opening tipoff he scored 30 points as the Bulls won their 18-th
straight with the 99 to 84 win.
Ferrum College has one of the top Division Three baseball teams in the
state and three of the schools major league baseball players returned to the
area on Thursday night.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Thursday Night; :
Eric Owens, Billy Wagner and Keith Mayhew were at the Ben Franklin Middle
School signing autographs.
Owens, a third baseman with the Cincinnati Reds, is recovering from knee
Surgery. But in his first at bat as a Cincinnati Red Owens drove in the
winning run in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
IN Q="I just want
((ERIC OWENS/CINCINNATI THIRD BASEMAN: ))
SUPER=01-Eric Owens/Cincinnati Third Baseman; :
OUT Q=......April First."
Wagner was the Houston Astros number one prospect in 1995. Wagner had a
good season in the minors last year and his goals are to be with the major
league team after spring training.
IN Q="MY first goal
((BILLY WAGNER/HOUSTON PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Billy Wagner/Houston Pitcher; :
OUT Q=...........some other goal."
Mayhew has a year's experience as a relief pitcher in the Atlanta Braves
He's anxious to get to spring training to beginning working on his game
and maybe get a shot with the big league team.
IN Q="I don't
((KEITH MAYHEW/BRAVES PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Keith Mayhew/Braves Pitcher; :
OUT Q=...........at it."
Just as a reminder,
Following the newscast, we'll be running church closings across the bottom
of your screen during the C-B-S Evening News.
And we'll have another list after News 7 at 11.
SS=News 7 at 6
That's going to do it for News 7 at 6.