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Prepare for Power Outages During Weekend Winter Storm

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - With the threat of a winter storm over the weekend, the best way to get ready is to make sure your home is prepared. Power outages could become an issue, along with hazardous road conditions.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is keeping a close eye on which way the weather may shift over the weekend.

"It looks like it's a complicated weather event that's setting up for the weekend," says VDEM spokesperson Laura Southard. "Most of the Commonwealth will be effected through some light snow, sleet or freezing rain."

If the temperatures make a drastic change from the 70's to below freezing by Sunday, people in Central Virginia could wake up to ice.

"When there is a lot of ice, that leads to very dangerous conditions and possible power outages," Southard says. "People need to be ready for that."

For those who are planning a trip to a nearby department store for supplies, make sure your shopping cart has items like flash lights, batteries, and in case of power outages, an emergency portable weather radio could be handy.

"Preparation is key during a storm," says Curtis Turner of Home Depot. "You want to make sure you can keep your family safe. You want to make sure your home has the ability to react in the time of a storm."

Stay with ABC 8 News on air and online throughout this and other winter storms that will affect our area this season.

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