‘Who doesn’t like being in the snow!?’ Central Virginians excited to see snow

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Across parts of Central Virginia, people saw their first bit of snow this winter season on Wednesday.

“Who doesn’t like being in the snow!? It reminds you of being a kid, like going outside and playing in the snow, running around and building little snow forts and stuff,” Stephanie Taylor said. “Like, I grew up, up north so like snow is fantastic, I don’t get it that much here.”

People tell 8News the snow is exciting because of the cheerful attitude it brings to people, some even just like the cold.

But, with this comes some dangers especially when you’re driving. That’s why AAA recommends:

  • Making sure your tires are okay and ready for the weather,
    • Bald tires make it easier to slide on slick roads,
  • Be alert while driving, avoid distractions,
  • Have a set plan, and know exactly where you’re going,
  • Allow yourself enough time to travel safely,
  • Keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle.

One viewer tells us drivers were not ready for the snow on Wednesday.

“They’re driving a little crazy today, they act like when you get into Richmond you don’t know what you’re, how to drive in the snow,” said Adam Southall, who drove from Farmville to RVA. “But everybody needs to slow down and take your time.”

The snow also brings with it some negatives for Salvation Army bell ringers, one says she’s seen donations go down a bit because people just want to get inside. But with that, she’s also seen the snow put people generally in a better mood which brings more donations as well.

It’s also like that for local businesses too.

“It’s hit or miss because normally when we get a lot of storms and stuff the kids are out of school, like the tornado watch, and we get more traffic but today I don’t think anyone was expecting this, so it’s pretty slow,” said Plato’s Closet retail associate Arianna Millinton.

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