The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Loudoun County as the region braces for a late-season nor’easter starting Monday night.
Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday afternoon declared a state of emergency, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments as they prepare and respond to the coming winter weather over the next 24 hours.
The Town of Leesburg will declare a snow emergency starting at 6 p.m. Monday. That requires all vehicles parked on the street along snow emergency routes (King, Market and Loudoun streets) to be moved. Any vehicles remaining on snow emergency routes once snow removal operations begin will be towed at the owners’ expense.
Forecasters, in general, continue to debate how far south the line of heavy snow will reach, but the agency’s Sunday afternoon prediction is for 8 to 12 inches between 7 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday in Loudoun.
Impassible roads and power outages are expected.
If the forecast holds, it will be the first—likely only—significant snow event of the 2016-17 winter.