RICHMOND -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Monday declared a state of emergency as yet another winter storm grips the state.
“This storm could bring difficult travel and widespread power outages for the next few days,” he said in a news release. “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 move authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response if localities request help.
The Virginia 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.
The Virginia State Police will extend shifts and have additional troopers on patrol to expedite response times to traffic crashes and disabled motorists.
On the 13News Now Facebook page, people from across the area were already seeing some of the storm.
Mandy Lemacks Howard said, "More like crazy heavy sleet in Toano !!"
Dustin Christy Vest added, "Starting to lightly sprinkle at Red Mill in Virginia Beach.>
Kim Hurley posted, "Sleet coming down pretty hard in York County .....let the madness begin!!! be safe everyone."