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Gov. McAuliffe declares State of Emergency for Virginia ahead of snow's arrival

State of emergency declared at 2:20 p.m.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a press conference August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a press conference August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images (Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency on Wednesday afternoon. 

This authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the significant winter storm that is expected to impact Virginia.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses.

The governor also authorized a limited exemption to hours of service for trucks hauling gasoline and heating oil throughout Virginia. These exceptions activate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Section 390.23 Relief of Regulations, including hours of service, and are granted for the period beginning 5 p.m. December 29, 2017, until 5 p.m. January 13, 2018, or whenever the crisis has abated, whichever is sooner.

McAuliffe urges Virginians to prepare for this major winter storm, which could dump up to a foot of snow in portions of eastern Virginia. 

“VDOT has already taken measures to pre-treat roads and preposition equipment, crews and materials to treat roads in advance of the storm and will work throughout the storm to plow roads,” said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “Driving conditions during the storm are expected to be hazardous and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until the storm passes.”


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