Winter storm: Gov. McAuliffe declares State of Emergency

(WJLA) - Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday due to the coming winter storm, authorizing state agencies to prepare to respond to a major storm forecast to hit the state of Virginia from Wednesday.

“Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm,” said Governor McAuliffe in a press release. “This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days."

VDOT crews will be out in full force, and roads with the highest traffic volumes will be cleared first. The Virginia State Police will also be extending their shifts and have additional troopers on call to speed up response times to traffic crashes.

Per the release, citizens should be prepared for the next 72 hours in case roads are compromised -- with supplies including food, water, blankets, battery-powered radios.

Road condition information is available 24/7 by calling 511 or going to If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, call 211 or visit