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Posted on: January 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Update - Jan. 4, 8 a.m.

Snow-covered road

Winter Storm Update - 8 a.m., Jan. 4
County officials continue to monitor the winter storm affecting the area.
Road Conditions
During the overnight hours several inches of light/powdery snow fell in the County. This snowfall accumulated onto all roads throughout the County making driving very hazardous for motorists. It is advised that motor vehicle traffic remain at a minimum today to allow VDOT crews to work on clearing the roads safely and without delay. This will also allow public safety personnel to respond to calls for service safely and keep calls for disabled motorists to a minimum.

For current traffic and travel information, visit or call ‪1-800-FOR-ROADS‬.

Closings for Thursday, Jan. 4
All County offices, facilities and parks will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 4. Libraries and courts are also closed.
Curbside Recycling will not be collected. Visit ‪‬ for more information.
Warming Centers
Unless there is a wide-spread power outage, County officials are not planning to open a warming center or shelter at this time.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Let water drip from a fixture that is furthest away from the water supply line.

Leave cabinet doors open under sinks so heat from the room reaches the pipes.

Make sure water is turned off to outside spigots, remove hoses and attachments and cover the spigot.

Locate your emergency water shut-off valve in case a water pipe freezes and breaks.

Safety Reminders
Check on elderly or homebound neighbors, family and friends

Bring pets inside from the cold.
If you must go out, assume roads, sidewalks and parking lots are untreated and step with caution.

Be sure to plug electric space heaters directly into the wall socket. Do not use extension cords with electric space heaters or surge protector boxes.

Remember the 3-foot rule. Make sure the space heater is at least 3 feet away from anything combustible (curtains, bedding / furniture, clothes, etc.)

Where to Find Additional Information
County emergency officials urge residents to monitor local media for the latest updates. County closings and weather-related information will be posted on the County’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

County residents can sign up to receive important emergency alerts, notifications and updates on their cell phones, emails and more at Text messages charges may apply.

State of Emergency
Bill Porter, Interim County Administrator, declareda State of Emergency for the County ‪at 5:45 p.m.‬ Jan. 3 following the Governor’s declaration ‪at 2:30 p.m.‬ The declaration allows the County to mobilize resources to support essential functions during and after an emergency.

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer
‪757-272-3337; ‬

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