Snow across the region catches drivers off guard... and even colder weather is on the way.
Tonight on News 7, a look at driving conditions as New Year's Eve ends and 1999 begins.
Plus, a live report from the First Night celebration in Roanoke... at 11.
Tonight on News 7, Peach Bowl highlights live from Atlanta... at 11.
The state lotto urges responsible playing in the new year.
Details at 11.
It wasn't a complete surprise.
But the first snow of the OLD year caused a lot of problems.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we've got weather reports from Roanoke, Lynchburg and Blacksburg.
And a LIVE report from First Night, Roanoke.
Tonight in sports, we ring in the New Year with a bowl bonanza, two of today's games are history
while UVa is trying to making history of its own with its third Peach Bowl win. A LIVE update from Steve Mason in Atlanta is on the way.
Pleanty of melting tomorrow with partly sunny skies. A winter storm watch goes into effect late Friday and Saturday for more snow.
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((POLICE OFFICER: YOU CAN'T GET UP THIS HILL RIGHT NOW... IF YOU WANT TO COME BACK THE BACK WAY THROUGH HOLLINS, THAT'S FINE, BUT THIS HILL'S A SOLID SHEET OF ICE.))
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1998 is ending with a bang... and lots of them.
Snow catches drivers throughout the area off guard... and we could see even more trouble this weekend.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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What a way to finish the year. Just enough snow overnight to create the worst weather of this still-new winter. And chilly temperatures tonight could create more trouble.
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We begin our coverage with Tina Tenret in Roanoke, and Tina, a lot of people will surely remember this New Year's Eve.
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(Rollcue: "... working through the night.")
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The snow is over for now, but get ready for a cold night. Robin Reed is here for our first look at the weather.
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Those cold temperatures tonight could make travel very hazardous, especially in higher elevations.
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Teresa Hamilton has more on that from the New River Valley.
Keith, VDOT is hoping the temperatures won't dip too far below 27- degrees.
That's the chemicals used to treat the roads-- become less effective the colder it gets.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Ferrell/Stranded Motorist; :27]
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[OUT Q=extremely cold.]
Most folks in the New River Valley awoke to a Winter Wonderland this morning-- with four to five inches of snow on the ground.
And while it was pretty to look at...
It also came with a down side for those travelling the secondary roads.
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Dan Ferrell and his family were trying to get back home to Illinois after the long holiday-- when their van ended up in a ditch along Vickerswitch Road, near Christiansburg.
[IN Q=My father]
((DAN FERRELL/STRANDED MOTORIST:MY FATHER IN LAW TRIED TO HELP ME AND THE CHAIN CAME OFF AND MESSED UP THE TRANSMISSION LINE UP...ANOTHER GUY TRIED TO HELP ME. HE ENDED UP SLIDING INTO THE FRONT OF THE VAN. SO IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS. ))
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((JAMES WICKLINE/MOTORIST:IT'S PRETTY SLICK ON THIS ONE HILL HERE. ALL THE YEARS I'VE LIVED HERE IT'S ONLY THE THIRD TIME I'VE GOT STUCK. ))
[OUT Q=got stuck.]
Indeed, some secondary roads were slick enough that our camera could've easily become a sled.
This afternoon, V-DOT began to tackle some of the troublesome back roads.
The majority of the area's main roads are in good shape.
But all of that could change with tonight's falling temperatures.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:THE DOWN SIDE OF TEMPERATURES THAT LOW IS THAT THAT'S GETTING THE LOWER TEMPERATURE TO WHICH SALT WILL WORK, WE CAN PUT IT OUT THERE BUT IT'S JUST ISN'T GOING TO DO MUCH GOOD WHEN THE TEMPERATURES ARE EXTREMELY COLD. ))
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VDOT also has a number of private contractors also out there scraping the roads--
The goal here is to have most roads cleared by tomorrow evening-- in preparation for the weekend.
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Dozens of accidents have kept local and state police on the run all day in CENTRAL Virginia, and it could be a long night.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Lynchburg tonight.. Steve, what do police there expect?
That's going to depend on a couple of factors Keith.. the temperature and just how festive some New Years parties get.
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[OUT Q=on the celebration.]
(( Central Virginia got just enough snow to make this possible..
..unfortunately, those laws of physics also applied to motor vehicles.
While the primary roads were mostly clear, back roads left many cars slipping and sliding throughout the day.
With dozens of wrecks to cover, state troopers were spread thin trying to get to them all.
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((SGT. PAUL KVASNICKA/VA STATE POLICE: YEAH, THAT'S WHAT WE DO, WE JUST TAKE ONE AT A TIME AND GET TO 'EM AS QUICK AS WE CAN. SOMETIMES WE'RE A LITTLE BACKED UP, BUT WE GET TO 'EM AS QUICK AS WE CAN. THESE DAYS ARE PRETTY LONG AND HARD ON YOU, BECAUSE YOU'RE OUT IN THE COLD AND USUALLY THE SHIFTS ARE EXTENDED TO THEY'RE PRETTY BUSY DAYS.))
[OUT Q=pretty busy days.]
Suffering right along with the troopers are the tow truck drivers, who pick up after Mother Nature's mess.
By mid- afternoon, Larry Staton had run close to twenty calls.. a high volume of business, but not the kind of day he enjoys.
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((LARRY STATON/TOW TRUCK DRIVER: IT'S JUST BAD FOR BUSINESS. IT'S BAD FOR PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE SITUATIONS, TAKES SO MUCH TIME GETTING BACK AND FORTH FROM ONE THING TO THE NEXT.))
[OUT Q=to the next.]
What the next six to twelve hours will hold depends on how low the mercury drops and how high the drivers get.
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((TROOPER MIKE RORER/VA STATE POLICE: A LOT OF IT IS GOING TO DEPEND ON THE TEMPERATURE, THEN PROBABLY SOME OF IT'S GOING TO DEPEND ON THE CELEBRATION.))
[OUT Q=on the celebration.]))
State police say putting New Year's Eve revelers on slick roads could make for a dangerous combination.
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So they hope the old warning of slow down and don't drink and drive will carry a little more weight tonight. Keith?[
And a reminder that you can check on the latest road conditions any time ..
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.. through V-DOT's special toll-free number.
Here it is ... 800 - 367 - ROAD, that's 800 367- 7623.
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Additional confirmation that the "Rocket Man" is heading for Roanoke this winter. We'll have the details later on News 7.
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I'm Stacey Martin here in downtown Roanoke where festivites have already gotten underway for First Night Roanoke.
We'll tell you about the activities and all the preparation, next!
People have already started packing into the Star City for First Night Roanoke.
Organizers expect about 10 thousand people there to usher in the New Year.
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Stacey Martin is in downtown with more..
Keith, it's a very chilly start to this last night of 1998--and many people have come well-prepared for the freezing temperatures.
But, these cold conditions are nothing new for workers who've braved the elements since yesterday.
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((This has become a New Year's Eve ritual for Todd Schall-Vess and his partner--spending hours preparing the platform and putting up the trimmings for their "iceless skating rink."
But, early preparation was no match for Mother Nature's early morning surprise.
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((TODD SCHALL-VESS/CARLTON PRODUCTIONS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LAST YEAR WE GOT A HEAD START ON IT BY PUTTING IT TOGETHER THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THAT SAVED US A LOT OF TIME SO WE DID IT LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING WE CAME OUT AND IT WAS ALL COVERED WITH SNOW.))
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Schall-Vess had several hours to go until their work was done--and so did others just down the street who were busy unfurling an old balloon--bringing new life to a familiar Christmastime character.
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((nat sot -- THERE GOES A HAND..))
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Inside-- work continued as well with volunteers tying up banners and linking streams of gold stars for the dozens of First Night activities--activites that for the first time have the football fan in mind.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:I THINK WE GOT KIND OF TIRED OF EVERYBODY SAYING WELL IF I COME TO FIRST NIGHT, YOU KNOW, MY FAMILY WANTS TO COME BUT I KIND OF WANT TO WATCH THE GAME SO WE FINALLY SAID WE'LL LOOK NOW THERE'S SOMETHING YOU BOTH CAN COME ONE OF YOU CAN SIT AND WATCH THE GAME EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO OFF AND DO THEIR THING AND EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE COME BACK CHECK THE SCORES AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING.))
[OUT Q=see what's happening.]
This year organizers have set up a big screen TV that's carrying the bowl game--for die-hard football fans.
That and all of the activites here are of course free if you have a First Night Button.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Stacey/Microwave]
You can pick those up here at the corner of Church and 2nd street, Church and 5th, Franklin and 2nd or Franklin and Bullitt Street.
A woman from South Boston was killed in a traffic accident in Pittsylvania County.
State police say Evelyn Edmonds lost control of her car on state route 729, skidded off the road and into a tree. She was thrown out of the car and killed.
Three children were inside the car. They've been taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center. No word yet on their injuries.
Police say the accident was NOT weather-related.
By the time the bureaucrats in Richmond get done parceling out Virginia's share of the national tobacco settlement, Southside legislators fear tobacco growers won't get much of it.
So Delegate Whitt Clement and Senator Charles Hawkins hope to do something about that.
They've outlined a plan to designate 60-percent of the tobacco settlement funds for a southside economic development commission.
((WE LEGISLATORS BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS MONEY STAY OUT OF THE HANDS OF RICHMOND, THAT IT NOT BECOME PART OF THE GENERAL FUND.))
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The lawmakers were addressing tobacco growers in Danville.
They've sent a letter to Governor Gilmore outlining their intentions, hoping he'll support their plan.
Investors closed out the year with a mixed message on Wall Street.
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The Dow fell 93 points to 91-81. But NASDAQ headed upward, gaining 26 points.
We have more on a story we first reported a couple of weeks ago, about Elton John performance at the Roanoke Civic Center February 19th.
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The Elton John internet fan page now says the appearance would be the first of two dozen concerts around the country in February and March.
Promoters say they expect to make a formal announcement Monday.
Elton John will make a solo performance ... accompanied only by his piano.
The Virginia Cavaliers are right in the middle of their big showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs down in Atlanta.
And that's where we find Steve Mason who has stepped outside the Georgia Dome long enough to give us a quick LIVE update on the game.
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[OUT Q=...THESE TWO TEAMS."]
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We still need to do a little more bowling tonight.
Right after this short break Tulane completes a perfect 12-and-0 season by ringing in the New Year in the Liberty Bowl.
Earlier this afternoon here on Your Hometown Station many of you got a chance to see the Sun Bowl
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as fired up TCU took on the tradition rich USC Trojans.
This one was mostly all Texas Christian, as Basil Mitchell turned the game into his own playground
rushing for 185 yards & two TDs as TCU went up 21-to-nothing.
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USC would come back in the second half, but TCU hangs on to beat the Trojans 28-to-19.
You know, even with the NBA lockout you wouldn't expect to find Michael Jordan at a bowl game, much less one in Memphis.
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But this afternoon a Michael Jordan, if not the Jordan helped propel Tulane past BYU in the Liberty Bowl.
Jordan picks off this Kevin Feterik pass and returns it 79 yards down the left side for the touchdown.
Tulane would never look back as quarterback Shaun
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King leads the offense and Tulane to the 41-to-27 win over BYU.
Ole Miss plays Texas Tech in the Independence Bowl later tonight.
A couple of local NFL stars could figure prominently in the outcome of this weekend's wildcard playoff games.
Former UVa great Terry Kirby will probably start in the 49ers game with the Packers on Sunday. Garrison Hearst is hurting with a pulled right hamstring.
And former E.C. Glass star Ruben Brown, the Bills all-pro offensive lineman, may miss Saturday's game with the Dolphins in the AFC.
He has a torn muscle in his arm that is slow to heal.
The Roanoke Express hopes to ring in the new year with a win in West Virginia tonight.
The team is in Wheeling taking on the Nailers. The Express is ten games above 500.
And in one college hoop note from this afternoon, JMU beat St. Peter's 69-to-62.
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While you enjoy the holidays and contemplate their excesses-- some friendly reminders from the Virginia Lottery.
A series of public service announcements reminds lottery players that anything in excess is a bad idea.
And letting kids play the lottery is, in fact, a criminal idea.
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((music...LADY LUCK: WHILE LUCK MAY NOT BE A CONSTANT-- THE LAW IS. YOU HAVE TO BE 18 YEARS OLD TO PLAY THE VIRGINIA LOTTERY.))
((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT HERE? WE HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WITH IT HERE. NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. WE PROBABLY RECEIVE MAYBE 40 COMPLAINTS OUT OF A YEAR WHERE SOMEONE WILL EITHER, YOU KNOW USUALLY A PARENT, WILL SAY "MY CHILD-- I FOUND A LOTTERY TICKET IN THEIR POCKET. HOW'D THEY GET THAT?" AND WE HAVE TO TRACE THAT BACK. AND WE DO AN ACTIVE SECURITY CASE ON EACH ONE. IS IT RAMPANT? NO. IS IT SOMETHING THAT WE THINK IS A GOOD THING TO REMIND PEOPLE ABOUT? YES.))
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Lady Luck did the P-S-As as part of her annual contract with the Lottery.
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