3 Dead as Virginia Digs Out from Winter Storm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A winter storm that blew through Virginia has left three people dead.

State police say 22-year-old James D. Hess of Swords Creek died Thursday when his car ran off Route 632 in southwest Virginia, went over an embankment and landed upside down in a creek. Trooper S.A. Sutherland says road conditions were icy.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard says two other storm-related deaths occurred in the northern part of the state. She didn't have details Thursday.

The storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in central and western Virginia. About 102,800 customers remained without electricity by mid-day Thursday, down from more than 200,000 outages at the height of the storm.

As of midnight Wednesday, Virginia State Police responded to more than 650 storm-related traffic accidents.

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