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this is abc 13 news. the winter weather is over, but we are still keeping an eye on the roads this midday. this is how things look right now in lynchburg. the pretreated roads are in pretty good shape, but that is not necessarily the case for many secondary roads across the area. our crews have been out all morning getting you up to speed on the latest conditions. coverage. we have melissa le fevere center. lynchburg. annie anderson joins us and roanoke and paul is on the south side. melissa, let's start with you. >> melissa: good afternoon. i hope everyone is waking up to this beautiful weather. we had the rain early this's a live you are lynchburg tower cam. still a lot of snow on the ground, but you to full blue skies and sunshine.
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you see this moving out of the richmond area. we are going to see sunshine and quiet weather through the rest of the week and even into the weekend. a quick check of your weather. temperatures warming up. a mix of sun and clouds across the area. 46 in lynchburg. 48 in danville. 45 in roanoke. 46 in brookneal. 40 in blacksburg. 84 in hot springs. high temperatures today in the upper 40s and lower 50s to the south side. 48 in lynchburg. we are calling for 52 in danville. 46 for the high in roanoke. 43 in blacksburg. a nice warming trend on the way and a nice weekend forecast. let's take a full look coming up. freezing rain created challenges for crews in lynchburg. the secondary roads are the biggest concern. mona kosar abdi is live outside the studio. what is it looking like outside right now? >> reporter: it feels completely different than it did this morning.
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beautiful and a lot warmer than it was this morning. this is good news for lynchburg public works who have been working to clear the roads. they had to deal the consistent snowfall, heavy downpours. they had to clear the snow from the drains because they were snow-covered. langhorne is the primary road. they are passable and clear. the focus being shifted to secondary roads. i want to show you what morgan street looks like. that is a secondary residential road. those are definitely going to be needing some work. they're not as pretty as the primary roads. lynchburg public works and they will shift their focus on that today. the sun is going to help most
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going forward, they are going to make sure those back streets, residential and secondary roads are clear. they will also be focusing to make sure the storm drains are cleared. we will also be looking at overnight freezing, so you want to make sure if you hit any slick spots, to the careful. looks like the worst is behind us. police had their hands full this morning responded to two different tractor-trailer accidents on route 29. one happened in lynchburg around 8:30 this morning on 29 business at kemper street. our crews at the scene said the tractor-trailer jackknifed causing a bit of a traffic jam. no one was injured, but the
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as crews worked to clear the truck from the road. the other was on route 29 somewhere between heard and altavista. no word on whether that truck has been moved from the area. those are just a few of the weather related accidents from the last 24 hours. at last check, state police had reported three fatal crashes. officials also tell us two troopers and a firefighter were hit at crash scenes and sent to the hospital. let's head to the south side for a check on the conditions. toll adamson is there. what are people dealing with? >> reporter: no power. right north davis drive, there are three downed power lines. they came down about 1:00 this morning when there were three big pine trees that fell on top
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the whole neighborhood is without power. the same situation going on in the western portion of pittsylvania county. 750 customers are currently without power there. there is good news. power has been restored to 450 customers in danville after one of the feeders at the piney forest substation developed a problem. also, danville police say they responded to seven minor accidents overnight because of freezing rain. they are advising people to be careful on the roads because of all the melting snow. live in danville, tola adamson, abc 13 news. >> whitney: the saturated ground has led to several down trees across the area, especially in roanoke. annie anderson joins us live with the details. >> reporter: there are trees down all over the roanoke valley. some of the trees have just hit
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franklin road hit a power line. that's what happened in the glen ivy complex knocking out power to everybody in the area. at one point, about 48,000 appalachian power customers without power now that is down to 38,000. most of those are in roanoke and franklin county. appalachian power has crews working to restore power. because of the number of outages, they say they don't know what that is going to happen. if you see a downed power line, call 9-1-1 right away and stay away from the wire. it is just your power that's out, call your power company, but don't assume they know your power is out. make sure you let them know so they can come and fix it. whitney. >> whitney: we have also seen down trees in the lynchburg area. check out the scene of the 500 block of leesville road. lynchburg police stopped
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after that tree took some power lines down with happened around 7:30 this morning. residents in the area say they were without power more than two hours while crews repaired the power pole. as tola and any just mentioned, thousands of people without power across the state. aep reporting more than 8400 people out in roanoke city. roanoke county has almost 10,000. rankin county close to 10,000. bedford about 1400. lynchburg has just over 100 people without power. if you're trying to stay up-to-date with the closings and delays, you can do that from your phone. go to and then go to the weather tab and scroll to school closing alerts. you can have the alerts sent right to your phone and you can choose a specific school. we will have the latest on closings and delays at
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he sure to check online, facebook, and twitter to step today. we're not the only ones dealing with ice and rain. 15 states on alert from north carolina all the way up to maine. the storm is being blamed for thousands of accidents in a three-hour delay. the federal government buildings in washington >> reporter: this morning, the national weather service will be on the ground looking into 17 reported tornadoes from florida to louisiana that left homes and businesses damaged and destroyed. roofs ripped off building. debris across streets and nearby water. further north, the mix of snow and ice meant a busy morning for emergency crews responding to over 2000 rescues across 17 states. more than 500 accidents alone. it wasn't just cars unable to get traction.
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pedestrians trying to make it down the street without flipping. >> i stepped out and slid all the way to the curb. >> reporter: slick conditions causing hundreds of flights to be canceled with the storm entering the east coast. in philadelphia, 200 passengers spent more than three hours on a plane without heat or air conditioning because the flight to florida was delayed because of weather and then maintenance issues.stranded passengers in north carolina are taking it all in stride. >> two canceled flights and now a third canceled flight. have to deal with it. >> whatever. it's an adventure. i'm keeping a positive. >> reporter: the travel delays not over yet. forecasters say more rain and snow are on the way. possibly up to a foot of snow in parts of new york and pennsylvania. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. new this noon, one of the
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sisters case in bedford county has pleaded no contest to perjury.69-year-old leslie ingle admitted she lied to a grand jury investigating the case of the missing sisters to protect his sister patricia welch. she is the wife of richard welch who is being called a person of interest in the case. patricia welch is also charged with perjuring herself before the same grand jury.
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the judge did not convict you're watching abc 13 news, award-winning coverage of lynchburg, danville, bedford, roanoke, and the new river valley. the latest test for presidential hopefuls around the corner. for democrats, the nevada caucuses and republicans will be at the polls on saturday in south carolina. the race is getting even hotter with the entrance of some former presidents. here is lana zak. >> reporter: hillary clinton and bernie sanders making their appeal to african-american voters today. >> my campaign is really about breaking every barrier. >> when we come together, there's nothing we cannot accomplish. >> reporter: two former presidents on the stump for their families and both have something to say about the republican front runner donald trump. >> in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't
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from the abc 13 weather experts. a live look from our roanoke tower camera. we are tracking the latest on your forecast. we have team coverage with melissa first. >> melissa: we saw lots of snow yesterday. the latest snowfall totals from the national weather service. we just got these in blacksburg picked up 10. 9 inches in parts of . 9 inches in parts of bedford. 8 inches in roanoke. six in amherst. 5.4 at the abc 13 studio. 3 inches to the south side. we saw sleet and freezing rain. you can see where the freezing rain transitions to the heavy rainfall we saw this morning. now, cold front low pressure system moving to the northeast. it is long gone. we check out pinpoint doppler radar appeared a beautiful
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you can see the snow that has fallen in the mountains. if you're stepping outside, it is bright. we're going to send it to will strafford who was life. >> reporter: is like a different day out here. it is quite bright. there still a little snow pack on the ground. what essentially happens is the sun hits that and reflects the light on the ground. you will need a nice pair of sunglasses. good snowball making snow. >> melissa: the albedo is the reason the snow is reflecting.
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current temperatures continuing to warm up. it was around freezing this morning. sunshine has warmed us 246 in lynchburg. 45 in roanoke. 40 in blacksburg. 42 in martinsville. 48 in danville. 50 in farmville. i told you moments ago our first system is continuing to move northeast. quiet conditions. turn your attention to the west. we have a clipper type system that's going to move through the tennessee valley throughout the overnight. if you will be out late tonight, or you are an early riser, you may see rain and snow showers very light in nature. for today, skies continue to clear. could be light rain and snow showers moving out in time for the commute. sun and clouds for your wednesday. mostly clear to start the evening. clouds roll in later tonight and then you begin to notice a little rain and snow showers
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and east. sunshine and quiet weather wednesday through the weekend. take a quick check of the temperatures this afternoon. 48 in lynchburg and redford. 52 in danville. 49 in smith mountlake. 46 in roanoke. lower 40s in the new river valley. overnight, increasing clouds with a few showers possible. temperatures falling into the upper 20s and lower 30s. if you head out the door tomorrow, watch out for slick spots still on the road. we told you a warming trend. we are in the mid- to upper 40s wednesday and thursday. low 50s friday. saturday and sunday,
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associates danville-lynchburg and heritage funeral service and crematory. welcome back. today's safety zone topic is open burning. here to talk about open burning is jennifer mayberry with lynchburg fire department. how are you? >> very good. >> whitney: what are the regulations as far as open burning within the city of lynchburg? >> you need to make sure you are within the city limits and you need to be about 300 feet from any occupied building and 10 feet from any adjoining. the pile you are burning can only consist of limbs, tree trimmings, garland trimmings. you cannot have large debris, large limbs, large tree stumps. you cannot have any household
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like cannot burn in a barrel. it can only be 8 feet in diameter. >> whitney: at you think are the misconceptions of folks who fall within city regulations and those who follow state code? >> i get a lot of calls about that. there are lot of addresses that have lynchburg addresses, so they automatically assume they are within city limits and that is not the situation. they have to go by state regulation. >> whitney: and you always want people to practice safe earning. >> yes. you want to have a garden hose
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you want to be 16 or older a round of applause. will stafford has been out
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also all the other reporters. everybody keeping us up to speed on everything going on on the roads. >> melissa: that's right. beautiful weather the rest of the day.
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