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Today's toll: 100+ accidents, 40+ injuries, 1 death . . .
. . . due to icy roads, in Kanawha County alone. Those aren't statewide or regional numbers, that is just Kanawha County. And all from less than an inch of snow. Today was a widespread, all-roads (not bridges only) event, caused by our temperatures dipping into the teens overnight, which primed all road surfaces for the snow that arrived at midday. Today's accidents were widespread, but very random in their locations - for example, there were no accidents on the Carter (Fort Hill) bridge today (I was there from 11:30AM to 3:30PM). Documenting today's event required being in the right place at the right time - which I was not. I did come uncomfortably close to a head-on collision on Fort Hill Drive (ironically which is the road that leads up to the Fort Hill overlook, where I normally set up) when a minivan lost control and began sliding into my lane. This, of course, is why I run a dashcam:
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More snow is on the way tonight (possibly another inch or two), so I fear that our incident totals may be on the rise through tomorrow morning.
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