Next on News 7...
The ice is falling, and road conditions are treacherous tonight... we'll show you what it's like across western Virginia, and tell you what to expect tomorrow.
We'll also show you what people across the nation are dealing with tonight as our coverage of the year's first winter storm continues.
News 7 is next.
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V-DOT says Western Virginia Roads have reached CONDITION 3... meaning EVERYTHING is covered with SOMETHING.... Ice in Roanoke...THREE INCHES of ice at Fancy Gap in Carroll County.
Road crews are concentrating on primary roads right now... travel is NOT reccomended.
The situation is going from bad to worse for much of the News 7 viewing area.
Andrew Freiden has been closely watching the storm.
Andrew, when can we expect this end?
Roads in the New River Valley, as you might imagine, are dangerously slick.
Even the primary roads remain treacherous.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our New River Valley newsroom in Blacksburg with an update on the situation there.
Eric, so far about inch of sleet and freezing rain has accumulated on the ground and roads.
Luckily, it seems most people are aware of the danger.
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(( Downtown Blacksburg resembled a ghost town at around eight- pm...
It seemed the mixture of sleet and freezing rain was enough to keep most folks at home and off the roads.
Although there were a few brave souls in Christiansburg-- venturing out to Kroger for some last minute snacks.
[IN Q=You say]
((YOU SAY YOU LIKE THIS KIND OF WEATHER?
JAMES LINKOUS/MOTORIST: OH, YEAH, THIS IS GREAT, NICE TIME OF YEAR FOR IT, A LITTLE LATE GETTING HERE THOUGH. ))
[OUT Q=here though.]
Those who earn a living clearing the roadways would probably disagree...
Right now, VDOT's top priority is trying to treat the main roads which is no easy chore.
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((BRIAN WALKER/VDOT WORKER:A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS BUT I THINK WE'LL BE OK, HOPING IT WILL STAY SLEET AND WE'LL KEEP AWAY FROM FREEZING RAIN-- WE CAN TAKE THE SLEET A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN FREEZING RAIN.
IS THIS GOING TO BE YOUR FIRST MAJOR STORM? SONYA SHEPPARD/VDOT WORKER:YEAH, LAST YEAR WAS PRETTY BAD, BUT I'M ON NIGHT SHIFT THIS YEAR, SO IT'S REALLY HARD TRYING TO STAY AWAKE ALL NIGHT. ))
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There is one advantage this go 'round--
It appears roads crews won't have to contend with too many motorists.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:THIS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT HELPS OUR EFFORTS A LOT, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF TRAFFIC OUT TONIGHT AND CONSEQUENTLY THERE'S FEWER ACCIDENTS AND BOTH OF THOSE THERE TEND TO SLOW OUR EFFORTS. ))
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Right now-- sleet is what's falling here in Blacksburg.
Luckily-- the wind's not blowing as hard as it was...
At times-- it's been blowing up to 25 miles per hour.
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Across the Roanoke Valley, officials report roads are still ice covered and dangerous.
Fortunately most people have listened to warnings and have stayed off the roads.
Out at the Roanoke Regional Airport, workers tried to stay ahead of the weather to de-ice planes and clear runways.
In spite of their best efforts, the storm forced the cancellation of several flights.
Travelers are urged to call their airlines before leaving for the airport to see if their flights are still scheduled.
It's the same story in Southside Virginia. Sleet and freezing rain are making the roads in and around Danville treacherous. But so far, emergency officials don't report any serious problems.
Sleet and freezing rain began falling in the central Virginia area by late afternoon, and road conditions there continue to worsen.
Still, it's been a quiet night for police and emergency crews around Lynchburg.
There have been a few reports of cars sliding into ditches, but no major accidents have occurred.
Both primary and secondary roads have about one to two inches of frozen rain and snow on them, and many bridges have iced over.
With little to no traffic on the roads, most people seem content to wait out the storm at home.
The winter mix of sleet and freezing rain came later in the day than expected.
Folks took advantage of late arrival by getting out and making some last minute supply purchases.
David Johnson has more.
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(( People braved the cold weather to gather goods that might get them through the long haul.
Some stopped first at the grocery store.
Then on to a home improvement store for items to keep their dwellings warm and to make slippery surfaces safe.
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((MYLES JACKSON/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT; GOT MY WOOD FOR MY FIREPLACE, ROCK SALT FOR THE GROUND, I GOT CHAINS FOR MY CARS.))
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Folks were having a hard time finding what they needed--and with good reason.
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((ED PRESTON/LOWE'S; BASICALLY EVERYTHING THAT DEALS WITH THE WINTER, ICE MELT AND EVERYTHING IS ALREADY GONE.))
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After last winter's ice storm and the power outages it caused, Lowe's ordered an additional two truckloads of portable generators.
But it was still unable to keep them on the shelves.
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((ED PRESTON/LOWE'S; WE'VE HAD PEOPLE COME IN FROM PETERSBURG, RICHMOND AND THAT PART OF THE STATE TO GET GENERATORS FROM US.))
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For one man, the essentials included a four wheel drive vehicle.
Dr. Labron Chambers recently moved to Roanoke.
The Memorial Hospital physician says he was warned about the local weather.
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((DR. LABRON CHAMBERS/NEW ROANOKE RESIDENT; A LOT OF MY COLLEGUES SUGGESTED TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL, YOU'LL NEED A FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE EVENTUALLY, SO.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; MEANWHILE ON BENT MOUNTAIN, THERE ARE STILL SIGNS OF LAST YEAR'S ICE STORM. SO RESIDENTS LIKE TRACY THOMPSON ARE PREPARING FOR THE WORST AND HOPING FOR THE BEST.))
[OUT Q=FOR THE BEST.]
[IN Q=WE HAVE TWO]
((TRACY THOMPSON/BENT MTN. RESIDENT; WE HAVE TWO WOOD STOVES IN THIS HOUSE, SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE. WE ALWAYS MAKE SURE WE HAVE PLENTY OF WOOD AND KEEP BOTH OF THEM GOING. WE HAVE A LOT OF CANDLES AROUND BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW HOW LONG IT'S GOING TO LAST.))
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The mountain has barely recovered from last year's ice storm--as evidenced by the remaining broken tree limbs.
Still, others will sit the weather out and play it by ear.
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((ED WITT/BENT MTN. RESIDENT; I DON'T PREPARE FOR IT. If it comes? IF IT COMES, IT COMES.))
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As for the road leading up to Bent Mountain and others, V-Dot crews are on standby.
Trucks are strategically placed throughout the area, ready to clear the roads, trying to make them safe for travel.
But motorists are advised to steer clear of the roads until the weather improves.
David Johnson, News 7.))[National-WX]
If it's any consolation, we're not alone, and it's a lot worse in other parts of the country, as the impact of the winter blast stretches from coast to coast.
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(( In Ohio, the snow started just after midnight... and moved from Columbus to Cincinatti, dumping 10 inches of snow on the ground, causing major travel headaches..
In Michigan, airline traffic was disrupted at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport... and residents were told to expect near blizzard conditions.
In Terre Haute, Indiania, driving conditions were so bad, residents were told to stay home, and police even threated to ticket people out driving without a good reason.
Further south, in Louisiana, it wasn't snow or ice, but wind... in the form of a tornado that hit last night near the town of Schriever... blowing cars off the road and tearing roofs off houses.
In a way the storm even hit in sunny California... where vacationing midwesterners quickly found there was no way home.
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((BOBBI KOWBEL/STRANDED VACATIONER; THEY'RE TELLING US EVERYTHING IS CLOSED, WE'VE TRIED EVERYTHING, WE'VE TRIED CHICAGO, DENVER, EVERYTHING IS CLOSED. WE CAN'T LEAVE TILL WEDNESDAY. WE'RE MAKING THE BEST OF IT AND WE'RE GOING TO SAN DIEGO AND FLY OUT OF SAN DIEGO IN A DAY.))
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Transportation may be a little difficult tonight, but after this break, we'll hear from a local editor who is an expert on getting from here to there.
and the future of recycling in Roanoke is in doubt as the area's leading recycler says it will quit accepting some materials.
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People in Roanoke soon won't have a place to recycle paper and plastic.
Cycle Systems says it will stop accepting mixed paper and plastic in two weeks.
The company says there's just no market for those products.
It's only getting 15 dollars a ton for paper...and NOTHING for plastic.
Asian countries had been buying a lot of paper for recycling, until their economies slowed.
And with oil prices so low, making plastic from the raw material is as cheap as recycling it
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The Virginia Museum of Transportation is known for its impressive collection of trains.
But now the museum also has a new book, that brings together many of region's best writers around a common theme.
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((DAN SMITH/EDITOR: WE HAVE WRITERS RANGING I GUESS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED THROUGH DONALD MCCAIG AND SHARYN MCCRUMB. AND YES THAT WAS A TREAT. WORKING WITH WRITERS IS ALWAYS A TREAT , BUT PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN PUBLISHED, PEOPLE WHO HAVE VOICES, PEOPLE WHO ARE GOOD WRITERS.))
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Transportation Museum Board member Dan Smith proposed the idea, and coordinated the efforts of more than 45 writers.
The result is "From Here to There: Stories from a Mobile Virginia."
Planes, trains and automobiles figure prominently in many of the stories. But some of the subjects are more obscure, such as the homecoming float that Emily Paine Brady wrote about.
[IN Q=It seemed like a very important]
((EMILY PAINE BRADY/WRITER: IT SEEMED LIKE A VERY IMPORTANT VEHICLE TO ME IN MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS, EXPECIALLY GROWING UP IN SALEM, VIRGINIA WHERE WE EMPHASIZED THE SPORTS. AND FOR SO MANY OF US THAT WAS JUST THE SYMBOL, THE ICON, THE CLEOPATRA'S BARGE ON THE NILE, YOU KNOW. IT WAS WHERE YOU WANTED TO BE, AND ONLY TEN GIRLS COULD BE ON IT.))
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"From Here to There: Stories from a Mobile Virginia" is now available at locally owned bookstores in central and western Virginia.
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Still to come on the newscast, Andrew Freiden will have the latest update on the storm.
And if you're the type of person who can't get enough of this winter weather, Kimberly McBroom has a suggestion for a place where you can find the ice year round.
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If you can't get enough of the winter weather outside, you may want to make a trip to Roanoke's Ice Palace.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, you can skate on thin ice there around the year.
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((For more than four years, Roanoke's ice skating community was, well, "put on ice."
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((MIKE QUARLES/GENERAL MANAGER: SINCE '93, WHEN LANCERLOT COLLAPSED, IT WAS-- THE CIVIC CENTER DID EVERYTHING IT COULD TO CATER TO THE ICE COMMUNITY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THAT ICE COMMUNITY IS ALMOST 30 YEARS OLD NOW AND SO THAT WAS EMBEDDED IN ROANOKE AND SO WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE THEM A PRODUCT WHERE THEY CAN GROW THEIR PROGRAMS-- THE FIGURE SKATING HAS TAKEN OFF REAL WELL, THE YOUTH HOCKEY'S GROWING.))
The Ice Station opened in November of '97.
The Roanoke Express practice there-- but it's the PUBLIC for which the arena truly appeals....
((MIKE QUARLES/GENERAL MANAGER: IT'S A FUN THING. I MEAN, SEEING THESE LITTLE KIDS FLYING AROUND AND SEE THE ADULTS, THEIR MOMS AND DADS HOLDING THEM UP. THE FUNNIEST THING IS THE KIDS, SIX AND SEVEN YEARS OLD, HOLDING UP THEIR MOM AND DAD. THAT'S REALLY FUN TO WATCH, TOO.))
If you don't know HOW to skate, or if it's been a while, the Ice Station offers ice skating and figure skating classes.
And Pierre Paiemont's hockey school is geared toward both children and adults.
The Ice Station also features one of the largest pro shops in Virginia.
With all it has going for it, the Ice Station is making strides in gaining exposure...
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((MIKE QUARLES/GENERAL MANAGER: THERE IS AN ICE COMMUNITY THAT IS INTERESTED. THE FORTUNATE THING FOR US IS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET OUR EXPOSURE OUT IN OUTSIDE AREAS LIKE I NTHE NEW RIVER VALLEY AND LYNCHBURG AREAS. SO, WE GET CUSTOMER BASE FOR THEM, AS WELL.))
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((MIKE QUARLES/GENERAL MANAGER: I THINK WE'RE STILL THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN ROANOKE AND WE'RE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT NOW BY LETTING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT.))
You can try on your "ice legs" every Saturday and Sunday night during public skating from eight until 11.
And if you're interested in a lunch hour workout-- the "lunch skate" is held Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays afternoons.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Roanoke College broke a six game losing streak last night with a 78 to 72 win over Juniata.
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Thou the weather outside may have been frightful the basketball inside was delightful.
We start with Juniata's Toph Miller as he pulls up behind the line and nails the three pointer in the first half tieing the game at 30 to 30.
On the very next play Roanoke's Clifford Jacobs gets the ball to Paris Butler who answers with his own three the Maroons led 33 to 30.
Page Moir watches as the Maroons score again.
Here Jacobs goes up for the outside jumper and
nails the shot and the Maroons go on to win the game 78 to 72.
Virginia Tech fell behind in the first half and never caught up losing yesterday afternoon to Massachusetts 55 to 40.
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The Hokies taking on the Minutemen on their home court.
Tech fell behind but when Andre Ray hits the double clutch jumper Tech trailed 15 to 13.
But the Minutemen went on a rally using their power game inside to take a 5 point 18 to 13 lead.
Then Charlton Clarke hits Chris Kirkland with the pass inside and the Minutemen took the 27 to 18 lead at the half.
Tech's Roland Roberts spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble. His second basket of the game made it 28 to 22 U-Mass.
The Hokies would cut the lead to 6 late in the game
[SUPER=33-Massachusetts/55/Virginia Tech/40/;] but U-Mass goes on to win the game 55 to 40.
Virginia trailed by 3 at the half but Wake Forest took control in the second half and beat the Cavaliers 69 to 53.
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Dave Odom and the Deacons out to even their A-C-C record at 1 and 1.
Virginia trailed at the half then Adam Hall hits the three to make it 43 to 34 Wake Forest.
The Deacons held U-V-A at bay by going to the boards hard like on this play which ups the Deacons lead to 45 to 34.
Virginia would trim the lead to 10 when Chezley Watson steps up and hits the jumper with 10 minutes left in the game.
But again the Deacons go inside to Darius Sangrola who hits the easy basket giving Wake Forest a 51 to 39 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
Virginia would cut the lead to 8 points late in
second half but the Deacons hold on for the 69 to 53 win.
The Dolphins and Cardinals win NFL playoff games, more when we return.
9-th ranked North Carolina used a second half rally to beat A-C-C rival clemson 69 to 53.
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Phil Ford on the sideline in the first half.
He watches as the Tar Heels take the ball to the hoop Ed Cota scores after the steal to make it 28 to 25 Clemson.
The game was tied early in the second half when Terrell Mcintyre gets it to Harold Jamison for the jam to make it 36 to 36.
That's when the Tar heels went on a run Okalajua hits this three pointer and the score was 39 to 36 Carolina.
Clemson answered the score going to Jamison who pulls down the offensive rebound and sends it home for a one point lead.
But Carolina busted it open late in the second
half when Ed Cota hits the three a foul underneath turned it to a 5 point play Carolina wins it 69 to 53.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech remain undefeated. Nicole Jones hit 21 points as Tech beats Fordham 78 to 61. The Lady Hokies are 12 and 1.
Now lets check the scores.
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And coming up, Dan Reeves is the A-P coach of the year George Seifert is closing in on a deal to coach the Carolina Panthers.
That and all the playoff highlights coming up after this break.[S-Haley]
Charles Haley is coming out of retirement for at least one game.
The San Francisco 49-ers have signed the 34 year old Haley for their wild card game against Green Bay provided he passes a physical.
Haley retired in 1996.
Meantime, Haley's former 49-er coach is getting back into the game. The Charlotte Observer says George Seifert could be named the new coach of the Carolina Panthers early next week.
Seifert is not talking but the Panthers did confirm that he was a coaching candidate.
Florida and Syracuse hooked up in the Orange Bowl tonight. The Gators took a 28 to 3 lead at the half and _____leads the game __ to __.
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