Students returned to a snowy Blacksburg this weekend.
Heavy snowfall started at around 2 p.m. on Jan 17. The precipitation subsided in the evening, and by 9 p.m., the Blacksburg area had accumulated approximately 6.5 inches of snow.
The university issued an alert at 2:27 p.m. when the snowfall began, saying campus would be closed starting at 2:15 p.m. that day.
Campus reopened the following Friday at 10 a.m. While most roads were cleared by Friday, power outages in the region persisted. At its peak, roughly 128,000 customers in Virginia were without power following the winter weather.
Montgomery County residents saw the worst of these outages. By the following Saturday, 5,400 customers were still without power, down from nearly 10,000 customers the day before. Most of the power outages were the result of tree limbs becoming weighed down with snow and collapsing on power lines.
While Blacksburg has mostly recovered from the storm, a wintry mix is anticipated for the upcoming week.