Virginia Governor Tim Kaine declared a state of emergency, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments responding to the winter storm that will affect the Commonwealth today and tomorrow. Between eight and 16 inches of snow is expected.
“The snowfall amounts along with strong winds could cause serious problems, including power outages, throughout much of Virginia,” Kaine said. ”Virginians need to pay attention to their local weather forecasters, avoid travel and prepare to be on their own for up to 72 hours.”
In declaring a state of emergency, Kaine authorized state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. In anticipation of this weather system:
- The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is being staffed with response team members from several state agencies, major utilities and other affiliated organizations and is coordinating the state response to the storm.
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has held weather conference calls with the National Weather Service, local governments and state agencies.
- The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation are ready to keep roadways clear.
- The Virginia Department of Forestry is on standby for debris cleanup.
- The Virginia National Guard is on standby to assist with emergency transport.
The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is in effect beginning 12 a.m. on Saturday through 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Snow is expected to begin after midnight tonight, and continue through Saturday evening. Accumulations of five to ten inches are possible. Temperatures will range from the upper 20s to the lower 30s, with winds from 10 to 20 miles per hour. A Winter Storm Warning means that significant snowfall is likely to occur, which could cause travel difficulties.
The City urges residents to be prepared for slippery road conditions and limited visibility. Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes should be moved to alternate locations so crews can effectively clear snow from the roads. City crews are standing by to respond as the storm moves through the area. To report a weather-related road condition, or report potholes, please call 703.746.4488.
Residents and business owners should maintain an adequate supply of shovels, salt or sand for their sidewalks and driveways. The City Code states that driveways and entrances are the responsibility of the residential owner, occupant, community association, or business for snow removal. Snow and ice should be cleared from the paved sidewalk in front of, or abutting, property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. Snow should be cleared around fire hydrants and storm drains. Snow should not be shoveled into the sidewalk or street. According to City Code, if snow is not properly cleared, the City could charge a fine for snow removal services.
Volunteer “Snow Buddies” are available to assist those who need help clearing snow, but residents must sign up in advance by calling 703.746.4800. If you would like to volunteer to become a Snow Buddy, please call Volunteer Alexandria at 703.836.2176.