Snow blankets Williamsburg, other areas get dusting

Snow blankets Williamsburg, other areas get dusting

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by Kristina Rohall, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:06 PM

WILLIAMSBURG -- Snow fell throughout the evening in Colonial Williamsburg, bringing excited children a rare treat.

"It's great," said 7-year-old Chloe Levenson, who has been studying snow in science class.  "It's really cold outside and it's probably under 32 degrees."

"I grew up in Pittsburgh and this is kind of what it was like when I was growing up," explained her dad, Dave Levenson.  "We're going to have fun tomorrow."

But even though snow can be fun and festive, it can also be dangerous.

VDOT spent the evening loading plows and spreading anti-icing materials on roads in Williamsburg.

AAA officials urge inexperienced winter drivers to take extra precautions when traveling this weekend. 

They say you should allow more travel time than usual, leave a lot of space in between your car and the one in front of you, and don't slam on the brakes if you hit black ice. 

"When you hit ice or a slick patch you tend to panic if you're not used to that kind of traffic condition," explained Georjeane Blumling, the Tidewater AAA VP of Marketing.  "You may tend to hit the brake and what you'll end up doing is spinning more out of control."

Blumling says you should take your foot off the gas and brake and just steer the car until you have it under control.

AAA also suggests you put an emergency kit in your car filled with extra clothes, blankets and reflectors.  You should also carry a charged cell phone in case you run into trouble on the road.

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