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VA Governor McAuliffe declares State of Emergency

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Friday's winter storm.

The action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to a major winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth through Sunday.

"Keeping Virginians safe in the event of severe weather is our top concern – that is why Virginia began preparing for severe winter weather yesterday by ordering more than 500 vehicles out to pretreat roads in Northern Virginia," said Governor McAuliffe. "All Virginians should take the threat of this storm seriously and take necessary precautions now to ensure they are prepared for travel disruptions and possible power outages during a cold weather period."

"VDOT is prepared with crews, equipment 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."

The Governor's Office says the Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 500 personnel on state active duty for possible assistance with the state's severe winter weather response operations.

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