Snow Preparations in Highland County

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

The snow is already falling in Highland County where they're expecting up to a foot of accumulation.

The winter storm was the topic of conversation Tuesday at the Mountain Hideaway Restaurant. Owner Tom Hevener says it takes a lot to close his restaurant and hopefully this storm won't be the one.

"No, we don't ever close it down on account of the weather," says Hevener. "We close a little early if we don't have any customers just to let our help and our employees get on home."

The plows are on the VDOT trucks in Highland County and the salt is ready to go for the first snow fall of the new year.

Hevener says, "They do a real good job. They're out early. They're usually on top of it when it starts."

Resident Ann Puffenbarger says, while snow storms are nothing new, the ice does create treacherous conditions to which she's not looking forward.

She says, "I'm a little bit nervous. Last winter, I had got on the backside of the mountain and it was icy and my car kept trying to slide around on me."

Other people say they were trying to leave town to avoid the storm cutting short holiday trips.

Motorist Thomas Garrett says, "It gets slick going across the mountains back home. My brother's driving, so it's a little scary."

With 40 mile per hour winds predicted, some here aren't waiting on VDOT. They're taking their own precautions to stay safe during this storm.

Puffenbarger adds, "Back your car in, out of the wind, so it doesn't get drifted in. So when you gotta get pushed, out it's not in the way."


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