Day one of winter true to its name: Snowy, windy, and frigid in the Tri-Cities
Updated On: Dec 21 2012 04:40:34 PM CST
Friday was day one of winter, and after a mild fall, this chilly season came in with a vengeance.
Blustery winds, steady snow, and frigid temperatures; there is nothing misleading about this year's start to the winter season. "I think they got it pretty nailed down this time didn't they?" laughed Patty Clark, a local resident.
"It's definitely a change of weather last week having temperatures in the 60s," said Kent Hutton as he was finishing up his Christmas shopping.
The winter's wrath started early Friday morning on the roads. "There have been some slick spots [and] some black ice," said Justin Bush with the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department.
That left some unexpecting travelers off the pavement. "The car in front of me started sliding across the road and flipped up, and about that time my wheels jerked, and I just went right on behind her," said Andrea, a crash victim we talked to who did not want to reveal her last name. "To add insult to injury, the salt truck passed me by!" she laughed.
But we learned those salt trucks have been busy.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials told us as winter powers into the region, crews kept a watchful eye. "We've been out monitoring conditions. Once we get to where we have a plow-able amount of snow, they'll be out there plowing, but they will put down some salt on some areas that we see problems with it freezing," said Michelle Earl, a VDOT spokesperson.
While snow continued to pour throughout the day, heavy accumulation was still sparse.
We called around and learned most places in our region got just a dusting of snow, but with temperatures in the 30s, it's proof winter is coming in with a mighty chill. "It's pretty cold! I can't feel my toes," said Clark.
And this was just day one. There's still three months to go before we'll officially feel spring. "I'm dreading more of this winter. Hopefully it'll turn off mild and we'll get back to some pretty weather," said Hutton.
If you do get out on wet, snowy, or icy roads this winter, officials want you to be extra cautious.
Police told us you should take extra time to get to your destination, take it slow, and leave more space between the car that's in front of you.
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