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[TAKE MICROWAVE FS] Bands of snow are moving into the area, especially in Southside. But how much will we get before it's all over?
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.


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Snow started falling in Southside and the New River Valley earlier this afternoon, and what looks like a quick moving storm could blanket the ground in some locations.

Crews are out dumping salt and chemicals on major roads that are seeing snowfall. Elsewhere in the region, Virginia State Police are working multiple accidents on Interstates 81 and 77. No major accidents with injuries are being reported.

[TAKE VDOT BOARD FS] If you'd like to check road conditions throughout Virginia, you can call V-DOT's hotline at 1-800-367-ROAD. [TAKE WDBJ7.COM FS] And to check church and school closings, you can find an up-to-the minute list at our website, w-d-b-j-7-dot-com.






Both lanes of route 220 were closed this morning after a rock slide in Alleghany County.

Authorities say it happened around 6 this morning, covering both lanes of 220 and the railroad tracks just west of Iron Gate.
Officials say one car was hit, but the driver was not seriously injured.

The rocks have been pushed to the side and crews are now working to patch the road.


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An accident last night in Franklin County left one man dead. State Police say 47-year-old John Tyrus Wilson of Rocky Mount was traveling west on True Vine Road when he lost control, and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren't sure when the accident happened. Wilson was last seen around 9-thirty last night, but the accident was not reported until around seven this morning. Authorities say Wilson was NOT wearing his seatbelt, and excessive speed was a factor.


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It took Dale Earnhardt 20 years to win the Daytona 500. Today Dale, Jr. raced in his 5th Great American Race with the weight of being the prohibitive favorite. DEI cars had won 9 of the past 12 restrictor plate races entering today, including 4 wins at Daytona. This afternoon, Little E wrote another chapter in the story.
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President George W. Bush became the third sitting chief executive to attend a race at Daytona today giving the drivers the command to start their engines.
So much for the engine alliance between Roush and Yates, as first Mark Martin and then Jeff Burton blew up in the early going.
A little later, Rusty Wallace gets squeezed by Jamie McMurray. Rusty has nowhere to go, taking out Jeff Green and Ken Schrader as well.
There was plenty more where that came from. Just 29 laps from the halfway point, the big one occurred as Michael Waltrip got sandwiched between rookies Johnny Sauter and Brian Vickers. Waltrip got the worst of things rolling several times and ending up on his roof. It took crews several minutes to free him from the car but he was o-k.
Dale, Jr. shot past Tony Stewart in the closing laps and held on for the checkers six years to the day that his late father won his only 500.
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[SUPER=0106-1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//2. Tony Stewart//3. Scott Wimmer//4. Kevin Harvick//5. Jimmie Johnson//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Elliott Sadler//8. Jeff Gordon//9. Matt Kenseth//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Bobby Labonte//12. Greg Biffle//13. John Andretti//14. Casey Mears//15. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Kurt Busch//17. Ward Burton//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Brendan Gaughan//20. Terry Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Kyle Petty//22. Mike Skinner//23. Ricky Craven//24. Jimmy Spencer//25. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]

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