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    Snowstorm alerts, closures

    A couple has the town to themselves on freshly plowed King Street in Leesburg after more than a foot of snow fell Thursday. Times-Mirror Photo/Sharleen Rydie
    More snowfall coming: Click here for an hourly forecast ...

    From the Loudoun County Public Information Office, which is strongly urging residents to stay off the roads:

    Due to lingering effects from Thursday’s winter storm, Loudoun County Government administrative offices will be closed Feb. 14. Essential services personnel and emergency personnel will be on duty.

    The Loudoun County Juvenile Court, General District Court and Circuit Court will be closed. Loudoun County Commuter Buses will not operate. All programs of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services are canceled for Friday. All branches of the Loudoun County Public Library will be closed.

    The Board of Supervisors Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting scheduled for Friday, February 14, has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.

    Many parking lots at county facilities are inundated with large amounts of snow, ranging from 8 to 18 inches. The snow needs to be removed to provide adequate and safe egress and ingress to county programs and services for the public and businesses. County officials expect normal operations to resume on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, as county government offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2014, in observance of Presidents Day.

    Loudoun County officials continue to urge residents to stay off the roads if possible to allow snow clearing crews to do their work. More information about staying safe in winter is online at http://www.loudoun.gov/winter .

    -The combination of snow and gusty winds affecting our area could lead to power outages, prompting Loudoun County officials to issue these safety reminders when using generators:

    • Always read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions before running generators.

    • Engines emit carbon monoxide. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Fatal fumes can build up, that neither a fan nor open doors and windows can provide enough fresh air.

    • Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors.

    • Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector.

    • Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable. Allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh gasoline. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, don’t forget to stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer.

    • Maintain your generator according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.

    • Never operate the generator near combustible materials.

    • If you have to use extension cords, be sure they are of the grounded type and are rated for the application. Coiled cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.

    If you are running a generator, please stay alert for any signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. With low levels of exposure, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are much like the flu. More serious exposure can lead to dizziness, mental confusion, severe headaches, fainting, and even death.

    More information about staying safe during the storm is online at http://www.loudoun.gov/winter .

    In addition to the Loudoun County website, residents may also receive information by signing up for alerts from the county through Alert Loudoun at http://www.loudoun.gov/alert; following Loudoun County on Twitter at http://www.loudoun.gov/twitter; and on Facebook at http://www.loudoun.gov/facebook .

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