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Town of Culpeper crews battle snow

Town of Culpeper public works and light and power crews began working 12-hour shifts in preparation for the area’s first major snow event, which began about 10:30 p.m. last night.

Public works crews began clearing snow from the town’s main highways and collector roads, including roads leading to Culpeper Regional Hospital. The workers continue to concentrate on keeping those main arteries open.

The heavy wet snow collecting on tree limbs poses problems for the town’s Light and Power Department crews.

About 2 a.m. today, a heavy snow-laden tree limb toppled onto a power line in the area of North West Street, knocking out power to about 600 residential and commercial customers. The downtown shopping district remained dark until about 5:30 a.m. when power was restored.

Public Works Director Jim Hoy urged motorists to stay home, if at all possible.

“We have numerous pieces of equipment and snow plows out pushing this wet snow,” said Hoy. “Unnecessary traffic makes our job more difficult, since our equipment must back up at times to help clear intersections where we plowed.”

Town snow plows work on the main roads before venturing into neighborhoods.

Due to hazardous conditions, town offices closed Wednesday. Town Hall is expected to open for business on Thursday, although officials will monitor conditions before determining an opening time, which could be delayed.

Due to the snow storm, town trash collection will be delayed at least a day. If weather permits, Wednesday’s trash could be collected on Thursday. However, if the snow continues, as predicted, trash pickup could be delayed even more.

Officials have noted several snapped tree limbs as the heavy snow continues to fall. Predicted high winds create an additional set of problems.

“The high winds will cause tree limbs to snap,” said Light and Power Director Mike Stover. “Some of those limbs may fall on power lines causing outages.”

Low-hanging limbs have been noted across some town roads and broken branches have been observed in private yards already. Some of those tree limbs may snap and block roadways.

Motorists also need to be aware when travelling under low hanging limbs and powers lines. Chunks of ice or snow built up on those limbs and lines may fall onto vehicles travelling underneath them.

Officials urge motorists to stay home.


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