It was business by candlelight at J & J Market in Floyd County Wednesday. Despite having no power, Tony Garbarino continued to ring up customers.
"We can work the register as far as cash," says store owner Tony Garbarino, "We can't run any debit or credit cards."
"I'm very glad he's open cause if he wasn't we probably wouldn't be able to make it anywhere else," says customer Christina Myers who stopped in to grab a soda.
Many customers are also without power. Appalachian Power reported 3,800 people without electricity Wednesday afternoon. APCO brought in extra crews from Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other parts of Virginia to help out. They hope to get power fully restored by Thursday night.
"We got a wood stove so it's going full blast," says Myers.
Staying home was a lot better than going out.
The roads were messy Wednesday morning and early afternoon. Plows were out but it was still slow going especially those trying to make it home to Floyd County.
"We fought to get over Pilot mountain," says Chris Johnson, "It took a while to do that. It took us two hours to get back over here from Christiansburg."
The snow, ice and wind took everyone by surprise.
"I didn't expect it," says Johnson, "I didn't know it was coming."
"I think we heard flurries in the higher elevations yesterday," says Garbarino.
They got a lot more than flurries.