Please be aware that winter weather is expected to impact Northern Virginia beginning Sunday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, Northern Virginia can expect snow and sleet Sunday morning that will change to freezing rain Sunday afternoon and last through late Sundaynight/Monday morning before changing to rain. 1-2 inches snow accumulation is possible with a quarter of an inch or more ice accumulation possible.

The following information should help you prepare for the storm.

VDOT

VDOT is fully prepared for this event including placing hired equipment and tree removal contractors on standby. Click (www.virginiadot.org/about/resources/NOVA_snow/Snow…t.pdf) for a description of VDOT’s 2013-2014 snow removal program. Of particular interest is VDOT’s weather management tool (www.vdotplows.org) that allows you to check the snow plowing status of your neighborhood. VDOT also suggests the following:

· Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If possible, delay travel on Sunday to allow VDOT crews to clear the roads. Most accidents happen within the first two hours after a storm begins. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt.
· Monitor media outlets for notices of closures of government offices or private operations to avoid unnecessary travel.
· Make sure you have essential supplies on hand: at least three days of food that does not require refrigeration or electricity to prepare; at least three days of water (one gallon per person per day); a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio to get information from local media; a family emergency plan.
· Visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov for additional information and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
· Charge all mobile communication devices now.
· If you lose power, call your power company to report it.
· Do not operate generators indoors. Follow manufacturer’s directions exactly.
· Only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
· Please bring in all pets from outside during the storm.

Other Resources

Coincidentally, December 1-7, 2013 has been set aside as Winter Preparedness Week. Click here for additional information as to how you can prepare for any upcoming storms.

Emergencies, Reporting Outages & Traffic Issues

Emergency contact information for reporting utility outages and traffic problems, as well as general information is as follows:

Dominion Virginia Power – dom.mediaroom.com/2013-12-07-Dominion-Virginia-Pow…Storm

NOVEC – www.novec.com/About_NOVEC/News_Release/nr120613.cf…3.cfm

Washington Gas – www.washingtongas.com/pages/WinterEssentials

To check road conditions, you can call 511, go towww.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.

Non-emergency numbers are:

Fairfax County:
703-691-2131

Prince William County:
703-792-6500

If you have any need for assistance and/or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (703) 815-1201 or email me at: DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov

Please take the time to prepare and stay safe.

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