Northam puts state on storm alert – UPDATED

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UPDATED Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 8 Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in advance of winter weather effects on southern Virginia anticipated to begin this weekend and last into the early next week.

You can read the text of the governor’s order here.

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Bitter temperatures and the possibility of a wintry mix this weekend have Governor Northam pushing the get-ready button.

State agencies have been put on alert, including the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management, and the State Police. Preparations are being made to have crews in place on extended shifts and in greater numbers to address expected slippery roads, power outages, and other public safety concerns throughout the weekend.

“The forecast for this weekend calls for winter weather, which could result in widespread power outages and dangerous road conditions,” the governor said in a news release. “Our state agencies are taking necessary precautions to keep everyone safe—I urge all Virginians to take this winter weather threat seriously and make sure your homes, businesses, and families are prepared for this storm and other events ahead this winter.”

In Northern Virginia VDOT had crews out Friday touching up trouble spots such as bridges, roads and overpasses.

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