The Virginia Department of Emergency Management protects the lives and property of Virginia's citizens from emergencies and disasters by coordinating the state's emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.
2013 Winter Storm

Final Storm Recovery Update

Motorists should check road conditions at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511 before traveling. VDOT reported that more than 1,900 trucks worked Monday and Tuesday to keep roads passable throughout northern Virginia.

As of 6 p.m., Dec. 10, the State Corporation Commission reported approximately 4,425 power outages statewide. All utilities reported that they expected to complete restoration by midnight.

Snow over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River on Dec. 10, 2013.

(Photo credit: Brian W. Knight.)

Snow over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River on Dec. 10, 2013.

(Photo credit: Brian W. Knight.)

Power Restoration Status

Unless snow causes additional power outages, restoration should be completed today.

To report a power outage:

Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357) or dom.com
Appalachian Power Company: 1-800-956-4237
DELMARVA Power (Eastern Shore): 1-800-898-8045
NOVEC: 1-888-335-0500
PEPCO: 1-877-PEPCO-62 (737-2662) or pepco.com
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative: 1-800-552-3904
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative: 1-800-234-7832
Southside Electrical Cooperative: 1-866-878-5514
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative: 1-866-NNEC-OUT (663-2688)

Leesburg after snowfall on Tuesday morning. (Photo credit: twitter.com/marksregard. Used with permission)

Leesburg after snowfall on Tuesday morning. (Photo credit: twitter.com/marksregard. Used with permission)

VDOT News Release: “Road Conditions Improve Across the State While Another Storm is on its Way”

VDOT gets ready for another round of winter weather beginning late tonight and early tomorrow in the western and northern regions of the state

As temperatures increase, ice and snow are melting on affected roadways, resulting in wet surfaces. Motorists should watch for snow and icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. All major roadways are clear across the state.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will continue to treat icy spots as necessary. Crews are preparing for another round of winter weather expected to impact the western and northwestern regions of the state beginning late tonight and into tomorrow morning.

There is the potential for rain, snow and freezing rain in the far western region of the state. Portions of Northern Virginia, Culpeper and Staunton districts may experience two to four inches of snow. Portions of the Bristol District may receive up to a quarter inch if ice.

Prior to the second storm, VDOT crews will treat roads to prevent ice and snow from sticking. Once precipitation hits, crews will treat roads to clear snow and increase traction to prevent slick driving conditions. When snow and ice fall, motorists are urged to stay off the roads as much as possible.

Before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest road conditions.

For more information on winter travel, go to www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

Power Outage Update

Approximately 110,000 customers in Virginia are without power this afternoon, down from the highest reported count of approximately 122,000. Most of the power outages reported have been in northern Virginia,

To report a power outage:

Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357) or dom.com
Appalachian Power Company: 1-800-956-4237
DELMARVA Power (Eastern Shore): 1-800-898-8045
NOVEC: 1-888-335-0500
PEPCO: 1-877-PEPCO-62 (737-2662) or pepco.com
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative: 1-800-552-3904
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative: 1-800-234-7832
Southside Electrical Cooperative: 1-866-878-5514
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative: 1-866-NNEC-OUT (663-2688)

Melting ice at the VDOT Staunton headquarters. (Photo credit: @VaDOTStaunton).

Melting ice at the VDOT Staunton headquarters. (Photo credit: @VaDOTStaunton).

Stay warm and safe

Check road conditions via 511, either online at www.511virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone.

Consider postponing Monday morning travel until conditions improve.

Road issue, non-emergency: Call #77. Emergency: Call 911. Road/traffic update: 511. Report road hazards/Questions: 800-367-7623

Social media and website updates will resume at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning.

If you need assistance from VDEM overnight, please call 804-674-2400.

Stay warm and safe.

Tips in case of power outages

Crews continue to work through the night. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is coordinating with utility companies to remove downed trees and power lines.

Do not approach downed power lines. They may also be hidden in trees across the road. Call VDOT customer service 24/7 to report: 800-367-7623.

Charge your cell phones and mobile devices before power goes out.

If you lose power, call your power company to report it.

Do not operate generators indoors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions exactly.

VDOT Fact Sheet: Winter Weather Driving Tips

Even experienced drivers can find their nerves and skills tested by winter road conditions.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU DRIVE SAFELY AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLD:

• Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day, call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org. You can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
• Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Be sure to check your:
– Brakes and tires
– Battery and ignition system
– Antifreeze and thermostat
– Windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid
– Headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flashers
– Exhaust system, heater and defroster
– Oil
• Properly lubricate door locks prone to freezing.
• Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Leave a few minutes early.
• Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
• Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
• Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
• Drive smart and pay close attention.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management www.vaemergency.gov

From Dec. 8-10, the Commonwealth experienced winter weather impacts of snow and ice accumulations with highest impacts in Northwest and Northern Virginia. Snowfall totals were between 3-6 inches. Unofficial ice totals ranged from a trace to 0.3 inches.



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