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Middle Peninsula gets visit from Old Man Winter

Local residents have been through the wringer in the past week with the weather, all from a blast of arctic air that came billowing through the region Saturday night to a snow that blanketed the region on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The first true hit of winter precipitation seen in the area so far this season caused schools, businesses and government offices to shut down.

As of Wednesday morning, Virginia Department of Transportation and contract crews had all primary roads in the region cleared, according to VDOT Fredericksburg District spokesperson Kelly Hannon, and crews were continually going back over roads to treat icy spots with sand and salt. Some subdivision streets had also been cleared, she said, and VDOT had crews for plows and other equipment working around the clock on 12-hour shifts.

Saturday’s weather started off fairly pleasant, but quickly changed as a strong cold front pushed through the area around 8:30 p.m. The front brought strong wind gusts upwards of...

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