Car careens off Powhite Parkway, while kids slide in slush - - Richmond, VA News

Car careens off Powhite Parkway, while kids slide in slush

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A second round of snow and slush sent a car sliding off a Powhite Parkway exit and into a tree early Monday, while kids took to their sleds for a last hurrah in winter weather.

The Powhite driver lost control of her Toyota sedan around 8:15 a.m., as she drove through slush on her way to a new job. Her car slid nearly the length of a football field, from the Chippenham Parkway exit into a tree.

"It was the scariest thing in my life," said the driver, who gave her name as Jessica. "I hit the tree, and I saw it was coming down, so I jumped out of my car just in time."

Jessica was unharmed, and said her brakes did not stop the car from sliding approximately 75 yards.

VDOT trucks cruised the interstates throughout the region Sunday afternoon into Monday, spreading salt as the second round of Richmond's spring snowstorm moved in for the start of the Monday commute.

The storm dumped three to five inches of snow north and west of Richmond, leaving areas south and east of the City with one to three inches.

Drivers traveling from Hampton Roads into Richmond said they were pleasantly surprised by few problems on the highways headed into the area Monday.

"I thought, it's going to be an adventure to get here," said Norfolk resident Raquel Walker. "But my only problem now is waiting for a bus to Raleigh that's late coming into Richmond."

As the storm passed, kids flocked to Forest Hill Park, where there was just enough snow for kids to take out their sleds, and try to set new speed records on the hill.

"It's a little slushy, but my little one just went down pretty well," said parent and Richmond teacher Carolina Hyatt. "My kids were outside building a fort, and now we're here at Forest Hill before spring makes an appearance."

Richmond International Airport canceled two flights Monday - one to Washington Dulles and one to New York LaGuardia. Amtrak reported no disruptions from the storm.

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