HARRISONBURG — The heaviest snowfall of the season dumped as much as 18 inches of snow on the central Valley Wednesday night and this morning, with some mountainous pockets getting as much as two feet.
It’s the worst snowstorm since early March, when up to 20 inches fell on the region.
The storm moved in from the South, with snow starting in Staunton and Augusta County at about 5:30 Wednesday evening and Harrisonburg and Rockingham about 30 minutes later. While light snow is still falling in some areas, the National Weather Service says the last of it should taper off by early afternoon.
The Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area got anywhere from 10 to 12 inches, according to the weather service's Sterling office, though some areas in western Rockingham County received several inches more. Shenandoah County had between 12 and 15 inches and Staunton and Augusta County received as much as 18 inches. Winchester and Frederick County got a foot of snow, and Pendleton County in West Virginia received as much as 18 inches.
While most primary roads in the area are passable at this point, they are still slick, and many secondary roads remain unplowed. The Virginia State Police and city of Harrisonburg are urging motorists to stay off the roads today unless absolutely necessary.
Police in the region have responded to numerous, mostly minor wrecks. As of 6:30 this morning, the Virginia State Police’s Culpeper District, which includes most of the central Valley from Rockingham County north to Winchester, had responded to more than 200 calls for service, including 65 crashes and 51 disabled vehicles. No serious injuries have been reported in the central Valley, but in Halifax, one person was killed Wednesday in a weather-related crash.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Friday’s print and online editions.