9:27 PM EST, January 18, 2013
FLOYD CO., Va.
Ice-covered branches against a blue sky, evergreens draped with snow, and around every curve, another striking winter scene. The storm that blew through western Virginia on Thursday painted a beautiful winter landscape from Bent Mountain to Floyd.
Route 221 is now clear, and many of the side roads have been scraped, but there is still plenty of snow and ice that will make driving difficult until the temperature climbs. People who live there have seen it before, and they know how to deal with the inconvenience that winter weather can bring.
Anna Bradburn lives in Copper Hill. "I've lived up here my whole life. You hunker down and you find a backup, and you get real friendly with your neighbors," Bradburn told us. "If you have power and they don't, invite them over for a cup of soup," she joked.
The storm left behind plenty of work measured in shovels of snow, and challenges for residents without electricity, but most people we met were happy to see the snow.
"We had a lot of rain before the snow got here and we need it, because we are in a drought," said Copper Hill resident Wilson Williams, "so it was a welcome sight."
"It's wonderful," said Tom Heller, also from Copper Hill. "After four days of steady rain, it was such a relief to see it change over to snow," he said. "And it's been beautiful."
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