Richmond, VA - Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the snow storm currently impacting the Commonwealth.
Read the complete press release from McDonnell's office:
Over 12 inches of snow already has been reported in several locations along the northern Interstate 81 corridor. Approximately 170,000 customers are currently without power in Virginia, and that number will likely increase as the storm continues to affect Virginia and winds increase.
In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. State agencies have been responding to the since last night. Actions taken in Virginia include:
The Virginia Emergency Operations Center has additional response team members to coordinate the state's response to the storm.
Due to the nature of this storm, power companies in Virginia are expecting that it will take multiple days to restore power. Virginians should be prepared and check on their neighbors.
Motorists should avoid traveling as the snow storm continues across the western, central and northern regions of the state. If you must travel, check road conditions by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org
Local governments may open warming centers or overnight shelters in affected areas. Get shelter information from your local emergency management office or by calling 211. If you need assistance for a person with special needs, call 211 or visit www.211virginia.org. All referrals are confidential
Visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov for additional information and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.