Winter Storm ‘Wrecks’ Havoc In City

Snow, Ice Lead To Messy Afternoon Commute

Posted: January 3, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg police responded to more than a dozen weather-related wrecks as a mixture of snow and ice fell Thursday afternoon and early evening.

Sgt. Ron Howard of the Harrisonburg Police Department said 15 crashes were reported as of roughly 6 p.m. None of the wrecks was considered serious.

Several of the crashes happened on Reservoir Street between the entrance to the Walmart shopping center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way intersection.

“The hill there was pretty slick …  it was ice-covered,” Howard said.

The street was briefly closed so the Harrisonburg Public Works Department could put down chemicals to treat the ice.

About 7:40 p.m., a tractor-trailer on northbound Interstate 81 near the city’s Port Republic Road exit at mile marker 245 hit a guardrail and jackknifed. No serious injuries were reported as a result of that crash.

While the Harrisonburg area will avoid the heavy snowfall expected in Northeast today, the National Weather Service issued a wind-chill advisory for the Shenandoah Valley from 4 a.m. through noon.

Residents can expect heavy winds with gusts up to 50 mph with wind-chill temperatures below zero.

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