RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe is declaring a state of emergency in advance of a winter storm projected to dump several inches of snow throughout Virginia.
The governor's office announced the declaration Tuesday. It authorizes state agencies to prepare to assist local governments in responding to a major snow storm set to hit the state Wednesday.
“VDOT is in a constant state of preparation and response mode this winter to clear roadways and keep traffic and commerce moving as safely as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Crews will be out in force through the duration of the storm to treat and plow roads. Motorists are urged to avoid driving during the snow storm because of slick road conditions.”
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. In northern Virginia, crews work on high‐volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently.
More than 12,300 pieces of equipment, including trucks and plows will be deployed. VDOT is also prepared to remove trees, branches and other debris that may fall on roadways.
In a statement, the governor also urged Virginians to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm and be prepared for potential power outages.
Governor Terry McAuliffe declares state of emergency as winter storm approaches. http://t.co/RybHST9ZHK— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) February 11, 2014