Roanoke residents make the best out of a snowy day even as thousands are left in the dark

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Tens of thousands of people were left without power Monday resulting from the winter storm that rolled through southwest Virginia, bringing several inches of snow.

“It’s unfortunate. Yeah. For sure,” said Sean Adkins. “I assume a transformer went out because I heard a big boom, a big pop, probably around 8:30 or 8:40.”

People living in the neighborhood of 8th Street SE, at Buena Vista Boulevard, started waking up and discovered they were among those who did not have power on Monday, Jan. 3.

“I woke up this morning and my friend said, ‘Either the lights are blown in the house or the power’s off,’ and I was like, ‘No way I was just charging my phone.’ I hopped up real quickly, turns out all the power is out and I wanted to make food,” said Grace Fry.

Instead, Fry decided to enjoy the season’s first snowfall by having a snowball fight with her three-year-old godson.

A few streets away, another family was seen making memories. Maheather Lamond, her husband, and their two-year-old son woke up early in the morning to make a unique pumpkin-faced snowman.

“Oh, it’s wonderful. We came out this morning and as soon as he saw it at 5:30, 6:00 this morning, when it started his first word, was ‘blow.’ He just couldn’t believe what he was seeing,” said Lamond.

For Lamond, sharing a snow day with her young son is something she will always remember.

“We’ll never get this moment back with him. The first is always the best and I wasn’t supposed to have children. He’s my miracle baby so it makes it all the more worthwhile,” Lamond said.

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