No business but snow business in this storm

Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe reported 22 inches of snow at his home above the town of Floyd late Sunday evening.

Reports from other parts of Floyd County range from 14 to 20 inches of snow that began to approach record levels that fell on the area in 2009, which brought up to two feet of the white stuff.

Most of the snow moved to the East by 10 p.m. Sunday but overnight lows will leave frozen roads and still a lot of snow on the ground.

Floyd County Schools closed Monday, along with General District Court in the Courthouse.  So is Radford University and New River Valley Community College. Scattered power outages in the power outages did not come close to the massive blackouts that shut down up to 85 percent of the county’s residential and business customers in the ice winter storm that hit the area two weeks ago.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Norhtam declared a state of emergency Saturday morning.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure localities and communities have appropriate assistance and to coordinate state response to possible snow and ice accumulations, transportation issues, and potential power outages,” Northam said in a news release.

The declaration opens the way for state government to use state police, highway workers and other appropriate agencies for assist in storm response.

Area DMV offices closed Monday.

Skyline Bank notified customers that their offices should open by noon but then decided to close all branches for the day.

Roanoke City and County government offices closed.  So are Montgomery, Franklin and Patrick County courthouses and offices.

Other closures include New River Valley Community Service operations, Office of Aging and Senior Services.

In Lexington, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington closed while Washington & Lee University opened late at 10 a.m.

Public transportation in the New River and Roanoke valleys remain closed.  Many churches cancelled services Sunday and those with programs Monday also pulled the plug.  Best advice for those planning to go out Monday:  Call ahead to see if your destination is open.

Virginia Department of Transportation road crews began to work on secondary roads Monday after concentrating on major routes during the storm Sunday.  Work will continue around the clock, VDOT says.

Virginia State Police handled more than 35 vehicle accidents in Southwestern Virginia and urged drivers to stay off the road if they can.

Developing story.  More as details come in.

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