Despite snow, few problems reported


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Downtown Mount Airy is digging out after 5 to 7 inches of snow that fell in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Terri Flagg | The News

Things held up pretty well in the Surry County winter wonderland, according to John Shelton, emergency services director.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia reported that 5 to 7 inches of snow dropped on Mount Airy and surrounding areas overnight, about an inch more than expected.

“What we’ve had so far is not a lot of accidents,” Shelton said Saturday afternoon.

“Roads are being cleared very quickly. I’ve heard of a few power outages but not that many,” he said, adding that most of the trees appeared as though they had already dropped their snow, which can be problematic with power lines.

“The only thing I’m worried about is wind gusts,” said Shelton.

Wind speeds were at about 10 miles per hour with gusts up to about 20, said meteorologist Nick Fillow.

“They’ve gradually started to pick up now that the system is moving away,” Fillow said. “You’re looking at wind speeds tomorrow at about 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 25 miles per hour.”

Temperatures are expected to drop down to 8 degrees with the wind chill making it feel about -5 degrees towards dawn on Sunday, with a high of only about 24 degrees, Fillow said.

Emergency workers are staying busy pulling a few vehicles out of ditches, responding to non-weather-related medical issues and checking in on those who might need a little special attention.

“Everyone’s pushing it to get most of it done,” before the temperature drops Saturday night, Shelton said.

Downtown Mount Airy is digging out after 5 to 7 inches of snow that fell in the early hours of Saturday morning.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1__MG_9309-1.jpgDowntown Mount Airy is digging out after 5 to 7 inches of snow that fell in the early hours of Saturday morning. Terri Flagg | The News

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