Virginia governor declares state of emergency in response to weekend winter storm

A radar image of the storm over the D.C. region on the night of Jan. 12, 2019. (WJLA)

Governor Northam has declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth to prepare for the first storm of 2019.

Our area is expected to sustain snow, ice and high winds, making driving conditions treacherous and causing power outages.

“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.”

By making the declaration, services in Virginia will mitigate damage caused by the storm and will streamline assistance to various localities.

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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