RICHMOND—Bitter temperatures and a strong storm front expected to pass through Virginia this weekend will set up conditions for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice, and rain over parts of western, central, and northern Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam has placed state agencies, including the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management, and State Police, on alert. Preparations are being made to have crews in place on extended shifts and in greater numbers to address expected slippery roads, power outages, and other public safety concerns throughout the weekend.
“The forecast for this weekend calls for winter weather, which could result in widespread power outages and dangerous road conditions,” said Governor Northam. “Our state agencies are taking necessary precautions to keep everyone safe—I urge all Virginians to take this winter weather threat seriously and make sure your homes, businesses, and families are prepared for this storm and other events ahead this winter.”
“VDOT has taken measures to pretreat roads and prepare equipment, crews, and materials ahead of the storm,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Safety is our top priority. Driving conditions are expected to be hazardous, and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until the storm passes and road conditions are improved.”
“The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will coordinate with the Virginia Department of Transportation, State Police, the Virginia National Guard, and localities across Virginia to ensure all necessary preparedness efforts are in place and any local needs for assistance are addressed before, during, and after this storm,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “Government alone cannot handle all needs for weather emergencies. This is why we encourage all citizens to plan ahead for winter weather threats including slippery roads, power outages, and downed trees.”
To learn more about how to prepare yourself, your family, and your business for winter weather, visit www.vaemergency.gov/winter-weather.
State Agencies are Preparing for Impacts of the Storm
What Citizens Should Do
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