In what has become a familiar pattern in this extreme winter, Floyd Countians dealt with another wintry Saturday that disrupted the normal weekend routine.
In Floyd, a sign in the door of Blue Ridge Restaurant said “closed due to weather.” Other businesses shuttered as well. The Floyd Country Store was open, serving lunches and hot coffee and chocolate but closed at 4 p.m. — earlier than normal for a Saturday. Store manager David Wood served up a hot chocolate just before locking the doors. The store served a reasonable-sized crowd, Wood said. Not as busy as a normal Saturday but busier than some weekdays.
Pizza Inn was open when I drove through town at 3 p.m. So was Hardees. Subway was not. A few customers shopped at Food Lion. A sign at the cash register said the store would close early.
The town of Floyd cleared the municipal parking lot early and a town employee struggled with a recalcitrant snow blower to work on the sidewalks.
Virginia State Trooper Keith Gregory said only a few accidents required his attention. Most people wisely stayed home. While we talked a rescue squad life support unit came through town with its lights flashing and turned onto Rte. 8 towards New River Valley Regional Hospital.
Snow still covered much of U.S. 221 and Rte. 8, even after multiple passes by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow plows. Plow operators worked through the night Friday and will stay on the road overnight Saturday. Secondary roads in the county remain slick and hazardous.