Residents reminisce after Jonas’ snow
Published 11:52 am Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Charlotte County was fortunate to not experience any serious accidents during and after Winter Storm Jonas blanketed the area on Friday and Saturday.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office only assisted with one accident, which involved a vehicle running into the median of a roadway.
As the storm moved through Southside Virginia, Charlotte County residents reminisced on past winter weather over the years.
“Down here usually you don’t get but maybe three snows [a year], anywhere from 6 to 10 inches at the most,” said Joe Hall of Drakes Branch.
Originally from Montgomery County, Hall said when he was growing up, the snow was plentiful in the mountainous areas. “You get it all in one bulk,” he said.
“Back when I was a kid, we used to get on a hood and ride down the hill,” said Lewis Martin of Saxe.
Hall said in the old days, they didn’t have concerns about being injured because they were tough.
“If we do some of the stuff we did back then, the first trip down the hill they’d be calling 911,” Martin said.
Martin remembers sliding down the hills in Randolph growing up, and said it was not uncommon to enjoy a snow slide of up to a half-mile on one hill.
Hall said growing up in Montgomery, his family had cattle. When sliding down a big hill on a car hood, he said before reaching the fence where the cattle roamed, everyone on the hood would roll off and watch the hood continue through the fence.
“I’ve seen the creek at the house in 1970 so hard that I could walk up there and stomp it,” Martin said, referencing Horsepen Creek. He said the creek froze solid and the ground froze at least 12 inches deep.
“The better times in my life was when I was younger,” Hall said.
During Winter Storm Jonas, approximately 8 1/4 inches of snow was accumulated in Charlotte County, according to Weather Watchers Jenny Davis and Mary Duffie.
However, no weather-related traffic accidents were reported in the area, with the exception of one vehicle running into the median, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department.
Only six power outages were reported by Dominion Power on Saturday in Charlotte County.
While Winter Storm Jonas may have paled in comparison to earlier weather to hit Charlotte County, the last major blizzard to hit Charlotte County was the blizzard of 1996. This blizzard saw over a foot of snow throughout Virginia and up to 48 inches in other parts of the eastern United States, according to the National Weather Service.
According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, troopers in the state police’s Appomattox Division — which includes Charlotte, Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward — fielded a total of 801 calls for service from Friday morning to Monday morning. “Of those calls there were 121 traffic crashes, with eight involving individuals being injured — the rest were all damage to vehicles only. In addition, troopers responded to 176 disabled and stuck vehicles within the division.”
No serious accidents were reported in the division.