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Gov. McAuliffe declares state of emergency in response to impending winter storm

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency ahead of the significant winter storm expected to impact the commonwealth in the next 24 to 48 hours. Virginians are urged to prepare for this storm and the bitter cold temperatures are expected to continue statewide.

“VDOT has already taken measures to pre-treat roads and preposition equipment, crews and materials to treat roads in advance of the storm and will work throughout the storm to plow roads,” Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said in a statement. “Driving conditions during the storm are expected to be hazardous and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until the storm passes.”

McAuliffe said the bitter cold will be joined by a potentially significant winter storm, expected to hit Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore and other areas of eastern Virginia with snowfall and blizzard-like conditions in some communities.

“With this forecast in mind, all Virginians should take the necessary precautions now to ensure they are prepared for the travel disruptions, power outages and other threats to health and safety that could arise during this significant weather event,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

According to the National Weather Service, Loudoun County can expect less than one inch in snow accumulation tonight through Thursday morning, and Washington D.C. can expect 1-2 inches.

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