Snow blankets Hanover County…again

Hanover’s second big wintry storm hit last week leaving the county with twice as much snow than previous snowfalls.

The winter weather knocked students out of school for two consecutive days bringing the total to eight days missed due to winter storms that hit last week and in late January.

A man shovels a sidewalk along England Street in Ashland following last week’s storm.

A man shovels a sidewalk along England Street in Ashland following last week’s storm.

As a way to plan ahead for these severe winter conditions each year, the Hanover school division embeds “bank days,” or days saved up for inclement weather. There are a total of seven bank days built into this year’s calendar, which do not require students to make up any instruction time. So far, five bank days have been used.

The school division also builds in a number of make-up days into the calendar and this year there are five.

Linda Scarborough, communication specialist, said the school division created this schedule assuming Hanover would have the milder weather of past years.

If more snowy weather prevents schools from opening past the last two “bank days,” the school division will assess what would need to be done, Scarborough said.

To compensate for school closings, there will be a full day of class on previously planned early release days: Feb. 20, March 28, April 10 and June 11.

Because of some of the lost time at the end of January, students had a full day of instruction on Feb. 17, which was originally a day off because of Presidents’ Day.

In addition to county schools, Ashland Town Hall and Hanover government offices closed Thursday.

The storm did not cause many power outages, though. There were only 79 residents without power between Tuesday evening, just before the storm, and the day after the snowfall, Friday morning, said Janelle Hancock, media relations’ representative for Dominion Virginia Power.

However, the wintry weather did make the Hanover Sheriff’s Office busy. According to Lt. Chris Whitley, they responded to 43 weather-related vehicle crashes between Wednesday afternoon and the morning of Feb. 14.

Statewide, the Virginia State Police responded to 745 total calls for service between the afternoons of Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 in the Richmond division, which covers the City of Richmond and Petersburg as well as a number of counties including Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and more, said Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar. Of the total calls, Molnar said 307 were car crashes and 157 were disabled vehicles.

He added that the majority of those crashes, 243, were in the Metro-Richmond area.

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:07 am