Danville residents get excited for first taste of winter

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Friday we are going to see snowfall impact the Southern part of our region the most.

Danville Public Works isn't expecting the snow to impact things too much, but that is not keeping people from getting excited about the first taste of winter.

“I'm going to like it! I'm going to jump into it!” said Colton Matthew Neil.
The excitement that comes with a first snow fall. Some kids were even left speechless…just laughter at that thought of snow.

People hit the stores Thursday night to make sure they are fully prepared.
“I brought my granddaughter a shovel just in case it snows tonight,” shared one grandmother on a mission at the Danville Target.

Last year Danville saw one of the first big snowfalls. This year they are not calling for quite as much, but once again they'll be one of the first places to see it.

“That means we might not have to go to school tomorrow,” said Kyndal Craft.

We made her promise that she would still do her homework, but students are still pretty hopeful.

“I saw salt on the roads. So....”

Well, just salt on the bridges. Danville Public Works left the roads out this time because they think they will stay warm and the snow won't stick.

But for some people out shopping tonight, like Nicole Lucre- it really doesn't matter how much snow.
“This is my third year seeing snow,” said Lucre.

She is from Puerto Rico. So, just seeing snow at all makes her happy.

“I'm excited. The first time I saw it I was like yay- snow! My first time!”

Along with DPW, VDOT said they might have extra crews coming in to Halifax and Pittsylvania earlier than usual. They are fully stocked up just in case.

Martinsville also sent out this information regarding snow removal as we head into the winter months:

• Streets in the City of Martinsville are plowed in order of priority. Arterial/main routes such as Commonwealth Blvd., Memorial Blvd., Market Street, Liberty St., Spruce Street, Rives Road, East Church Street, etc. are cleared first. Neighborhood collector streets such as Clearview Drive, Fayette Street, Mulberry Rd., Starling Ave, Chatham Heights Rd, etc. are plowed second. The remaining residential streets are the last streets to be plowed. City maintained parking lots and cross walks at intersections in the Uptown area are cleared after all other public streets have been plowed.
• Public Works plows will clear ahead of emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire equipment, and police vehicles if requested by these agencies.
• Section 19-20 of the City Code stipulates that occupants of property (or the owner if the property is unoccupied) are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of their property. This includes sidewalks in front of Uptown businesses.
• Residents should refrain from parking vehicles on the street during and after snow events to allow City equipment to clear the entire street.
• If residents or businesses clear private driveways or parking lots before the street is cleared, they should be aware that as City equipment plows the street, snow may be pushed back along the curb blocking the driveway and access to mailboxes. The City is not responsible for clearing blocked driveways or providing access to mailboxes.
• As per Section 19-5 of the City Code, residents and contractors who clear private driveways and parking lots shall not push snow out into the street so as to obstruct any public street, sidewalk or right-of-way.
• A decision regarding trash collection will be made as soon as possible the following morning. If conditions are such that collection is cancelled, Tuesday thru Thursday routes will be collected on the next day. Friday’s route will be collected the following Monday.

Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Public Works Office at 276-403-5154.