Loudoun County schools, and those across the Northern Virginia, will be closed Friday as Northern Virginia braces for a historic snowstorm. The decision to close schools was made this afternoon, about eight hours after Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to speed preparations for a storm that is expected to bring blizzard conditions and around 2 feet of snow—give or take a foot—starting Friday night.
The National Weather Service today issued a blizzard warning of Loudoun County. Its forecast calls for 24-30 inches of snow for our area.
Wind gusts of up to 50 mph, sleet and freezing rain also are expected, along with downed trees, power outages and blocked roads.
Already more than 500 state vehicles have been dispatched to pretreat Northern Virginia roads. Also, the Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring 500 men and women on state active-duty status to help with transportation through heavy snow, downed tree removal, debris reduction and distribution of food, water and other supplies.
“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,” McAuliffe said.
Residents are urged to stay off the roads during the storm and to have supplies needed for at least 72 hours in the case of power outages or delays in clearing streets.
State resources for residents during the storm include:
- dialing 211 for help, information or resources during the storm
- downloading the free Ready Virginia app at: www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/additional-resources/mobileapp.
- download the VDOT 511 app that provides updates on road conditions at: virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp.