Dec. 6, 2013
Governor Bob McDonnell is urging Virginians to prepare for a possible major ice storm.
The governor says the state could get hit Sunday by a winter storm moving in from the west, resulting in widespread power outages and hazardous driving conditions.
Gov. McDonnell received a briefing Friday from the National Weather Service, various state agencies and Dominion Virginia Power. He said preliminary indications are that areas including Covington, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, Leesburg and Winchester appear most at risk for heavy ice accumulations.
McDonnell says Virginians should check batteries, flashlights and lanterns, and make sure their cell phones are fully charged.
Beginning late Saturday morning, VDOT staff and contractors will pre-treat Interstate 64 and Interstate 66 as well as Routes 29 and 250 and select other primary highways in the Culpeper District.
The pre-treating process, also called brining, involves applying anti-icing chemicals to the road before a storm to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the pavement.
Road Crews will report to work at midnight Saturday and will treat the roads with salt and sand as precipitation begins.
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