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Behind the Scenes of Charlottesville Snow Removal

Updated: 02/05/2010 - Charlottesville's public works has already pre-treated roads with salt and sand. A command center has been set up to answer calls and monitor its staff's snow removal progress, which begins once an inch accumulates on the roads.

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Preparing For Weekend Power Outages

Posted: 02/04/2010 - The snow this weekend is forecast to be wetter and heavier than the big snow in December so power outages are a concern.

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Gov. McDonnell Declares State of Emergency

Updated: 02/04/2010 - Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Wednesday evening, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments responding to the winter storm that is expected to affect the Commonwealth early Friday through Saturday.

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Area Residents Prepare for Another Snowfall

Updated: 02/03/2010 - As road conditions in and around Charlottesville worsened, residents prepared for another snow storm by gassing up and buying necessities like bread, eggs and milk.

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Saturday Slap Doesn't Discourage Shoppers

Updated: 01/30/2010 - The Downtown Mall was busy with activity Saturday as the snow fell. It was a scene opposite that in December, when the holiday punch left the mall swarming with snow drifts instead of people.

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VDOT: Central Va. Roads Covered

Posted: 01/30/2010 - VDOT warns drivers that hazardous conditions are expected across much of Virginia during Saturday's snowfall.

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City Learns Lessons, Makes Changes to Snow Response

Updated: 01/29/2010 - The City of Charlottesville said it is more prepared for this weekend's snowstorm than it was for the "holiday punch" that hit Central Virginia in December. The city has plans for more effective snow removal and operation of CTS buses.

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VDOT: Crews Prepared for Winter Storm

Posted: 01/29/2010 - VDOT said snow removal preparations have been made and crews are ready for this weekend's snowstorm. Officials said VDOT's goal is to have most roads cleared and passable within 48 hours after the snow stops.

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Downtown Parking Restrictions in Place for Snow Removal

Posted: 01/29/2010 - To prepare for the impending snowstorm, City of Charlottesville officials have announced restrictions on parking in the downtown area. During this time, free parking will be available at the Market Street and Water Street parking garages.

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Governor Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Storm

Posted: 01/29/2010 - Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Thursday to prepare state agencies to respond to the snowstorm headed toward Virginia. The storm track and accumulation totals are not definite, but some of Virginia is expected to receive the brunt of the storm.

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Officials Discuss Impact of Local Flooding

Updated: 01/26/2010 - Many of the local streams and creeks have started to recede and the James River crested Tuesday morning, but the flood damage is now becoming visible.

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UPDATE: Road Closures Due to Flooding

Updated: 01/26/2010 - Dozens of secondary roads remain closed Tuesday across Central Virginia. Sections of 69 secondary roads are closed in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. Click here for a list of impacted roadways.

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Overnight Rain Causes Street Closures, Flooding

Updated: 01/26/2010 - Officials in Albemarle County report at least 30 roads are closed due to the heavy rain that hit Central Virginia overnight. Many are impassable because of flood water, mud or fallen trees. VDOT warns drivers to be aware of water ponding on the roads.

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3,500 Feet Up, Wintergreen Produces Snow for Skiers

Posted: 01/18/2010 - With warmer weather arriving, the folks at Wintergreen Mountain must create their own snow. Through one of the world's most sophisticated snowmaking systems, Wintergreen accommodates its skiers by creating and pumping 30 to 40 gallons of snow a minute.

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Winter System Drops Record Snow, Chills the South

Posted: 01/04/2010 - A bitter chill is settling in across the eastern half of the country, threatening crops, closing schools and making Charleston, S.C., feel more like New York City. The deep freeze will last for at least the rest of the week. The National Weather Service said the mercury could fall below zero in St. Louis later this week for the first time since 1999.

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Snow, Ice Frost Southwest Virginia

Posted: 12/31/2009 - The year is ending on a snowy note for southwest Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation reports snow and ice are making for some rough New Year's Eve driving.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: VDOT Pre-Treats Roads

Posted: 12/30/2009 - VDOT is cautioning drivers to be careful in central Virginia due to the potential for a "wintry mix" falling on roads and they're pre-treating roads just in case.

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Record Breaking December Snowfall

Updated: 12/19/2009 - The 17-inches of recorded accumulation at the McCormick Observatory is officially a record for December snowfall in central Virginia.

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VDOT Begins Prepping Roads for Snow and Ice

Posted: 12/17/2009 - With a winter storm watch in effect for Central Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation says they're prepared to deal with the impending snow storm. They are starting road preps Thursday afternoon.

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Va. Cities, Counties to Get Disaster Briefing

Posted: 12/16/2009 - State and federal emergency officials will be on hand in Newport News to assist local governments and certain nonprofits that were slammed by a storm last month.

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James River Levee Protects Southern Albemarle County From Flooding

Updated: 12/10/2009 - After heavy rains this week, areas that saw flooding are drying out Thursday. When the river level reaches more than thirteen feet, pumps turn on. Levee pumps can move 50,000 gallons a minute, which protects the towns from flood waters.

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President Declares Major Disaster Area for Virginia

Posted: 12/10/2009 - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Wintergreen Slopes Set to Open this Weekend

Updated: 12/09/2009 - Thanks to a cold and snowy start to December, Wintergreen Resort will open five slopes for skiing and snowboarding this weekend, starting at 9am on Saturday.

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