February Snowstorm UPDATE
can expect winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph statewide through this
evening. These winds will continue to blow snow, decreasing visibility
and creating hazardous driving conditions.
9.8 inch two-day snowfall total measured at Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport, the seasonal snowfall total in Washington, D.C. stands at 54.9 inches,
which breaks the previous all-time seasonal snowfall record for Washington,
D.C. of 54.4 inches set in the winter of 1898-99.
21 structures have suffered roof collapse around the state. Only licensed
professionals should clear snow from roofs
Around-the clock efforts continue to
clear historic snowfall accumulations throughout much of the commonwealth.
Road plowing and power restoration will be complicated and delayed by the
Dominion Virginia Power and electric
power cooperatives across Virginia are reporting approximately 12,000 power outages .
- Virginia Department of
Transportation crews in northern Virginia and the northern Shenandoah
Valley are getting assistance battling the fourth winter snowstorm to
befall the area in the last two weeks.
VDOT crews from Hampton Roads, Richmond, Lynchburg and Salem were
dispatched early this week to assist with removal of more than 30
inches of snow that accumulated this past weekend.
is now deploying more than 50 additional state and contract pieces of
equipment and operators to northern Virginia today to assist with
in northern Virginia are having an especially challenging time reaching
subdivision streets and secondary roads. The large pickup trucks
VDOT uses to clear snow from a typical four- to six-inch storm cannot
handle the deep snow still blanketing some neighborhoods.
Additional larger trucks and front-end loaders have been brought
in to clear subdivision and side streets.
progress had been made through Tuesday to clear subdivisions streets
from last weekend’s storm, but crews had not reached every
neighborhood. Snow removal equipment was recalled to clear higher
traffic roads Tuesday and Wednesday, and will return to subdivision streets
as soon as possible.
- The Virginia National Guard has approximately 500
Soldiers on state active duty. Activities include transporting
first responders, critical staff, stranded civilians and patients to
medical facilities and assisting local emergency operations centers.
VNG teams are currently working in high impact areas.
- The Virginia State Police
have responded to 1,009 traffic crashes and 1,043 disabled vehicles.
A total of 2,793 calls have been dispatched.
What the public should do
- Be aware of the current weather forecast for your
area. The National Weather Service provides local winter weather
advisories, warnings and safety information at http://www.weather.gov
- Wind chill reflects how wind and cold feel on exposed
skin. As wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at a
faster rate, driving down skin temperature (which can cause frostbite)
and eventually the internal body temperature (which can kill). Animals
are also affected by wind chill.
- The best way to avoid
hypothermia and frostbite is to stay warm and dry indoors. When
you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight,
warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you.
- Remove layers to avoid
sweating and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly
woven, water repellent, and hooded. Wear a hat, because half of
your body heat can be lost from your head. Cover your mouth to
protect your lungs from extreme cold. Mittens, snug at the wrist,
are better than gloves. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
--National Weather Service
Have food, water, a battery-powered
radio, flashlight and extra batteries on hand.
Check on your neighbors, especially
older Virginians, to make sure they have what they need and that they are safe.
Real-time road conditions are
available by calling 5-1-1 or visiting http://511Virginia.org .
Residents should dial 9-1-1 and #77
only in life-threatening emergencies.
211 and 211Virginia.org
- Through 211, the Virginia
Department of Social Services can help residents seeking shelter
locations, assistance for an elderly or disabled person, and those who
are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family at risk of
- All referrals are
confidential, and you can search for these same services on http://211virginia.org
- Avoid overexertion during clean up. Shoveling
snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical
Signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, discomfort in other
areas of the upper body--especially in one or both arms, the back, neck,
jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath may occur with or without chest
discomfort. Other signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or
- Be careful using generators and space heaters. Do not
operate generators indoors. Safety information is available at http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov .
- Residents should be aware of the weight loads that
snow can create, especially on flat roofs. Residents should not put
untrained individuals on roofs to clear snow. As soon as possible,
have a professional licensed contractor remove snow from every roof
surface, including roof overhangs and covered porches.
- Evacuate the building if you
notice any of the warning signs of potential roof collapse. Call 9-1-1
if your roof collapses.
- Do not attempt to clear the
snow off your roof; do clear downspouts and drains.
- Clear snow away from fire
- Take precautions to prevent
fires, including unplugging appliances after power outages.
- Virginia Rail Express will
not be running.
- Metrorail service will be
limited to underground stations only
- Metrobus and MetroAccess
service remains suspended
- GRTC Transit System is
operating regular service on all routes, though there may be delays.
- DC Circulator service will
begin at 10 a.m. on two routes: Union Station-Georgetown and Woodley
Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro.
- Richmond International,
Lynchburg, Charlottesville-Albemarle and Roanoke airports – open with
delays and some cancellations
- Washington Dulles and Reagan
National - no flight operations until further notice.
- Information about open shelters is available at by
dialing 2-1-1, or online at www.211virginia.org
. Local media will also carry information about open shelters.
- Public shelters are a last resort and may or may not
provide food and water. You should take the following with you to
- A three-day supply of water
and non-perishable food items, including any special dietary needs.
- A three-day supply of
special items for any elderly, disabled or infant members of your
- Blankets, pillows, linens
and something to sleep on, such as a cot, air mattress or cushion
- Before you leave, bring your pets inside and make sure
they have food and water.
- Smoking, alcoholic beverages and weapons are not
allowed in shelters.