March 3, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the snow and ice storm that will affect the state Monday evening and into Tuesday.
“This storm could bring difficult travel and widespread power outages for the next few days,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “It is also going to be very cold with gusty winds across Virginia. Please postpone travel during the storm, charge up your mobile devices so you can stay in touch, and take time to check on your neighbors in case they need help.”
The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is at increased readiness with emergency response team members monitoring the storm and ready to coordinate the state’s response.
Meanwhile, The Va. National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 100 personnel on state active duty to support emergency response operations. Virginia Guard personnel have been alerted to begin staging and expect to be in place tonight so they are able to rapidly respond if needed.
Also, State Police will extend shifts and have additional troopers on patrol to expedite response times to traffic crashes and disabled motorists.