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Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for Virginia which authorizes state agencies to respond to the impact of the winter snowstorm conditions across the Commonwealth.

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Here is an excerpt from Governor McDonnell’s declaration:

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 Department of Emergency Management has held weather conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agencies and local governments.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation has 2,424 pieces of state equipment, approximately 7,144 pieces of hired equipment and 818 pieces of interstate contractor equipment available for snow- and ice-control activities. VDOT also has 335,000 tons of salt and 125,000 tons of sand and abrasives on hand. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the winter storm ends. In northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for high volume roads such has Interstates 66, 95, 395, 495, Routes 1, 7, 15, 28, 50, Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William Parkway, etc.), and another snow removal program for subdivisions (main thoroughfares in neighborhoods, residential streets and cul de sacs). Crews will be working on high volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently. For each of these programs, roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared first.

Read the full text from Governor Bob McDonnell