Gov. Northam declares state of emergency ahead of snowstorm


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth ahead of Sunday's snowstorm.

The storm is expected to hit our area at well as Southwestern Virginia the hardest.

Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts,” said Governor Northam. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure localities and communities have appropriate assistance and to coordinate state response to possible snow and ice accumulations, transportation issues, and potential power outages.”

When a state of emergency is declared, the Commonwealth is able to "mobilize resources and deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts."

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia National Guard and other state agencies are already preparing for the storm.

To get up to the minute traffic information as the storm approaches, call 511, or visit VDOT's website.

Governor Northam has already authorized a maximum of $500,000 in funding for state and local governments ahead of the storm. This funding goes through VDEM and is regulated by The Stafford Act.

The funding is also available for recovery efforts after the storm.

The Executive Order for this storm became effective Friday and will stay in effect until January 6, 2019 or until it is amended sooner.

You can learn more about the state of emergency here.

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