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Gov. Northam declares state of emergency as winter storm rolls in

Jeff Clifford digs out his girlfriend's car from a pile of snow on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in St. Louis. A winter storm swept the region this weekend, snarling traffic in several states and leaving thousands without power. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Ahead of the snow, ice and high winds that are reaching the DMV area on Saturday and expected to linger through Sunday, Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.

A press release from the governor's office cited downed trees, power outages, and impacts on transportation as reasons for the declaration.

“I am declaring a state of emergency in order to prepare and coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to anticipated winter storm impacts, including snow and ice accumulations, transportation issues, and power outages,” said Governor Northam. “Virginians should take precautions to stay safe as we begin experiencing winter weather effects.”

You can learn more about how to prepare for inclement weather here, and get up to the minute traffic conditions here or by calling 511.

Northam has allocated a maximum of $100,000 in state funds for response and recovery from the storm.

The declaration will be effective until February 12.

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