Icy road conditions prompt school closures

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As snow removal crews continue clearing the roads, icy conditions on several side streets have prompted school closures across Central and Southwest Virginia. 

“I got a couple layers on,” said Holden, who was sledding on Sunday in Roanoke with his dad. “You have to put a bunch of layers [on] if you want to be really hot, like on fire.”

Holden and other children may be playing in the snow again on Monday as the Roanoke City Public Schools are closed due to icy conditions.

“I’m pretty excited for that,” said Josh, who was also sledding.

“The main roads have been pretty clear, but the side roads are still sketchy,” said Jonathan Fraim, a Roanoke parent.

Fraim said his street had been plowed, but some ice still remains. As a parent, he said he supports the idea of schools closing.

“I’d rather it be safe, rather than trying to push it,” Fraim said. “There’s no point in that.”

According to Roanoke city officials, bitterly cold temperatures and packed down snow made it difficult for crews to clean side streets on Sunday. 

“I have a four-wheel-drive truck, and I’m still sliding,” said Eric Davis, a Roanoke resident. “We have to work. We still have to bring [our son] to the babysitter. So it doesn’t matter that the schools are closed – we still have to travel in it.”

“When you’re talking teens and single-digit temperatures, there’s only so much you can do,” Todd Zion, also a Roanoke resident. “And I think the city and the state workers have done everything in their power to try to make it as safe as possible.”

Snow removal crews will be back on the streets on Monday, according to officials, adding that they are optimistic about cleaning the side streets as temperatures rise during the day.

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