Heed the advice-stay off the road unless you have to go out

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 8:09 AM

NORFOLK-The ABC13 viewing area is waking to snow - a lots of it. 

Take the advice of police - stay off the roads unless you absolutely have to be out.

Police are responding to accidents, people getting stuck in the snow and vehicles just breaking down because of the cold weather.  They will likely take longer than usual to get to you because of the road conditions.

Even 13News Now crews weren't immune to the snow.  Anchor Sandra Parker and photographer Jason Walsh had to dig out of deep snow on College Drive in Norfolk.

Before daylight, roads remain covered with snow and haven't been cleared, so emergency responders are using extra caution.

Public Works departments and Virginia Dept. of Transportation crews were working overnight to prepare bridges, overpasses, and primary roads to be cleared for snow plows once the snow stopped. Crews spread salt and sand mix. Over 100 VDOT trucks were on the road overnight working on the interstates. Crews will continue with these activities as long as conditions exist, said spokeswoman Jennifer Gwaltney.

Hampton Roads Transit tweeted that there will be no bus, rail, ferry or para-transit services today because conditions are so bad.

In Elizabeth City, snow was still falling at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, adding to the nearly four inches already on the ground. It's cold and windy on the Outer Banks and people were initially heeding advice to stay home.

If you were planning to fly out of town or have people flying in, check the airlines before you head to the airport.  Many flights are cancelled.

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