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Virginia continues to dig out from winter storm

Winter Storm Virginia
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Virginia Department of Transportation snowplows attempt to keep I-581 clear for motorists during a winter storm on Sunday Jan. 16, 2022 in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

Yesterday’s winter storm brought heavy snow and sleet to a good chunk of the state.

The latest information from the National Weather Service shows a few areas received eight inches of accumulating snow. That includes spots in Roanoke, Floyd and Albemarle Counties.

Parts of Carroll County recorded more than two inches of sleet.

Officials with the Virginia State Police say troopers responded to more than 480 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth through 8pm last night.

Tractor trailer crashes along Interstate 81 in western Virginia led to stretches of the highway being blocked, as well.

The attention today turns to high winds and low wind chill values. Gusts could get up to 55 miles per hour for the New River, Roanoke and Shenandoah Valleys today – potentially leading to more power outages. And gusts of 60 miles per hour are possible for Roanoke, Floyd and Carroll Counties — where a High Wind Warning is in effect.