GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY MORNING THAT VA IS UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO THE WINTER STORM. This authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in response to the storm, which is expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in parts of the state and bring strong winds.
6 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN LEE COUNTY, WITH MORE POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, SOME OF WHICH COULD SEE ALMOST A FOOT OF SNOW BY SUNDAY.
The snow will cause hazardous driving conditions especially on secondary roads. During the height of the snowfall these roads will likely become impassable AND VISIBILTY WILL LIKELY BE SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED. Gusty winds may impact high profile vehicles AND CAUSE FALLEN TREES AND POWER OUTAGES.
Travel is discouraged but if you must travel keep an extra flashlight food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Today we'll see periods of rain or A mix of rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow, all changing to snow laterin the day and at night. Highs will be in the low 30s.
REMEMBER TO KEEP AN EMERGENCY KIT IN YOUR CAR IF TRAVELING.
Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING PETS INSIDE FROM THE COLD AND CHECK ON ANY ELDERLY OR HOMEBOUND NEIGHBORS IF
The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 500 soldiers, airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty to help during the upcoming storm.