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Nasty weather nips at Northumberland

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

IMG_3741Northumberland County Administrator Luttrell Tadlock was using understatement when he described Saturday’s storm as a “sizable snow event.” The storm dropped 10 to 12 inches of snow all over the county.

Despite its severity, the snow did not cause many problems in Northumberland. The schools were closed, the school board postponed the meeting it had scheduled for Monday evening and the library canceled the Saturday reception it had planned for artists who have displayed their work in the “Arts Alive” program, but there were no major disruptions until a fuse blew in a Northern Neck Electric fuse box at the Rainswood substation Monday morning.

Andrew Packett of Northern Neck Electric said the fuse blew a little after 4 a.m. By noon line crews had replaced the fuse box and power was restored to the more than 800 Northumberland customers who’d lost it.

The Virginia Department of Transportation was on top of the storm, laying down pre-snow treatment on the main roads Friday. Once the snow stopped late Saturday,VDOT had the primary highways all but snow free by early Sunday and the secondary roads had been sufficiently plowed to be passable. Many churches had services despite the dicey roads. In Heathsville, the Episcopalians at St. Stephens lived up to the denomination’s nickname, “the frozen chosen,” and had services.

Northumberland’s chief of emergency services, Rick McClure, said the snow had not caused any emergencies to which his crews needed to respond. There were several regular medical emergency calls not caused by the storm, he said. On those, fire department vehicles ran with the ambulances in case four-wheel drive vehicles were needed.

Sheriff Doc Lyons said that other than a few vehicles sliding into ditches, the snow “didn’t have much of an effect on us…I was pleasantly surprised.”

Area miscreants probably weren’t so pleasantly surprised to learn that the county’s general district court was open Monday despite the snow.

See reader submitted snow day photos in this week’s edition of the Northumberland Echo