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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 11, 2019
RICHMOND – The first winter storm event of 2019 will bring bitter cold and a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain over parts of western, central and northern Virginia this weekend. While snow totals are not expected to rival those of the historic storm Virginia experienced in December, large portions of the Commonwealth can expect a weekend blast of snow, icy and cold that will make travel treacherous. State agencies are preparing to have additional personnel and equipment 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 Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will coordinate with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), 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. VDEM encourages all citizens to plan ahead for winter weather threats including slippery roads, power outages, downed trees and the potential to have to be self sufficient for days before all services are restored.
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 the Impacts of the Storm
Tips for Motorists
Be Prepared For A Winter Storm (pdf)
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm (pdf)